Two lovers and a bearded man

Album folio; Two lovers and a bearded man; tinted drawing.
Border: The drawing occupies the full width of the page.

Maker(s)
Artist: Riza Abbasi (ca. 1565-1635)
Historical period(s)
Safavid period, ca. 1610-1615
Medium
Ink and color wash on paper
Dimensions
H x W (image): 10.5 x 15.8 cm (4 1/8 x 6 1/4 in)
Geography
Iran, Isfahan
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.311
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Drawing
Type

Detached Album folio

Keywords
Henri Vever collection, Iran, lovers, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

From at least 1934
Albert Besnard, from at least 1934 [1]

To 1942
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, to 1942 [2]

From 1942 to 1986
Family member, Paris and Boulogne, France, by inheritance from Henri Vever, Paris and Noyers, France [3]

From 1986
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from a family member, Paris and Boulogne, France [4]

Notes:

[1] Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 7: Chart of Recent Provenance" in An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection, Glenn D. Lowry et al (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 409.

[2] See Glenn D. Lowry et al., An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 319, no. 371.

[3] See the Agreement for the Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection of January 9, 1986, Collections Management Office.

[4] See note 3.

Previous Owner(s)

Albert Besnard
Henri Vever 1854-1942
Francois Mautin French, born 1907

Description

Album folio; Two lovers and a bearded man; tinted drawing.
Border: The drawing occupies the full width of the page.

Label

This drawing is presumably a preparatory sketch for a painting now in the Seattle Art Museum, Washington, by the celebrated painter Riza Abbasi. The finished composition includes the image of the couple, while the elderly man has been replaced by a young cupbearer.

Published References
  • Glenn D. Lowry, Milo Cleveland Beach, Elisabeth West FitzHugh, Susan Nemanzee, Janet Snyder. An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 371, p. 319.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
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