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Babur receives a courtier

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1580-1585
  • Geography

    Lahore, Pakistan
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (overall): 41.4 x 27 cm (16 5/16 x 10 5/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Farrukh Beg (active early 1580s–1619)
  • School/Tradition

    Mughal school
  • Description

    Detached folio from a dispersed copy of Baburnama (Tuzuk-i Baburi) by Zahir-al-Din Muhammad Babur; Babur receives a courtier; one of a group of three folios.
    Border: The painting is set in gold, red, and blue rulings in a border with gold landscape, bird and animal motifs, mounted within borders of a Rawdat al-safa page.
  • Inscriptions

    Mounting board back: 206, written in pencil
    Mounting board back: illegible numbers and V, written in black ink
    Old matting, backing exterior: Vever 206, written in pencil
    Old matting, backing exterior: Vever, written in blue pencil
    Old matting, backing exterior: par Farruckh Beg, written in blue pencil and black ink, and
    (Turc), written in pencil
    Old matting, backing exterior: fur XVI ͤ, written in blue pencil
    Old matting, backing exterior: Souverain sur son trône entouré de seigneurs et de personnages, donnant audience dans son palais -- (Musiciens, pastèques, etc.), written in black ink,
    Old matting, backing exterior: 21 V, written in pencil
    Old matting, backing exterior: hasxx, written in pencil
    Old matting, backing exteroir: round white sticker, printed in blue Henri Vever, No 21
    Farruck-Beg, written in black ink, hasxx, apxxx, written in pencil
    Old matting, backing exterior: 4, circled, written in blue pencil
    Old matting, front interior: Marge toile de soie claire (underlined twice) unie de
    5 centimètres dans chaque sens. cadre habituel written in blue pencil
    Old matting, front exterior: Vever 206, written in pencil
    Old matting, front exterior: Vever 206, written in pencil
  • Provenance

    Georges Demotte (1877-1923), method of acquisition unknown [1]
    Henri Vever (1854-1942), acquired as partial gift/exchange from Georges Demotte [2]
    Jeanne Louise Monthiers (1861-1947), bequest of Henri Vever [3]
    Francois Mautin (1907-2003), bequest of Jeanne Louise Monthiers and Henri Vever [4]
    From 1986
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery purchased from Francois Mautin [5]
    [1] This work is likely one of the two credited to Farrukh Beg that Henri Vever acquired from the dealer George Demotte as a gift and/or exchange in February 1913. See Henri Vever Account Ledger, November 1912, annotation at bottom of page, FSA A1988.042.2, from Henri Vever Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Vever describes this work and another (S1986.231) as "2 miniatures Persanes fin XVI ? par Farrugh [sic] Beg (Février 1913)." Georges Demotte was a collector and dealer of Islamic and medieval European art. He had galleries in Paris and New York City.
    [2] An accomplished French jeweler and collector, Henri Vever (1854-1942) amassed a large and impressive collection of works of art during his lifetime. His holdings in Japanese prints and Islamic arts of the books, especially from Iran and India, were among the most important assembled in the early twentieth century. This object was in Vever's collection at the time of his death in 1942. Vever acquired these through George Demotte as a gift and/or exchange, replacing works he had purchased from the dealer in November 1912. See annotations in Henri Vever Ledger cited in note 1.
    [3] Upon Henri Vever's death on September 25, 1942, his wife, Jeanne Louise Monthiers inherited the object. See exhibits F and G of Agreement of Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection, January 9, 1986, copy in object file.
    [4] Upon the death of Jeanne Louise Monthiers, as stipulated in the will of Henri Vever, the family's assets were divided evenly between his two grandchildren. His only grandson, Francois Mautin inherited the collection known as "The Henri Vever Collection of Oriental Art and Manuscripts Including Persian and Indian Art and Manuscripts." This object is part of that collection. See exhibits F and G as cited in note 3.
    [5] The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery purchased the entirety of the collection from Francois Mautin on January 9, 1986. See purchase agreement, copy in object file.
    Research updated on March 28, 2023.
  • Collection

    Arthur M. Sackler Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Worlds within Worlds: Imperial Paintings from India and Iran (July 28 to September 16, 2012)
    Arts of Mughal India (2004) (August 21, 2004 to February 6, 2005)
    Arts of Mughal India (1992) (May 24 to December 6, 1992)
    A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection (November 20, 1988 to April 30, 1989)
    Persian and Indian Painting - Selections from a Recent Acquisition (September 28, 1987 to February 28, 1988)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Francois Mautin (1907-2003)
    Jeanne Louise Monthiers (1861-1947)
    Henri Vever (1854-1942)
    Georges Demotte (1877-1923)
  • Origin

    Lahore, Pakistan
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
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