Nawab Amir al-Umara Zabita Khan

Detached album folio: Nawab Amir al-Umara Zabita Khan; single-page portrait; Persian in black nasta’liq script; inscribed to Mihr Chand; inscription on the margin consists of the name of the patron and the artist.
Border: The text is set in gold and black rulings in an inner frame of brown floral and leaf scroll, surrounded by a frame of dark blue, floral motifs and an outer frame of brown floral and leaf scroll mounted on a white-colored paperboard.

Maker(s)
Artist: Son of Ganga Ram Mihr Chand
Historical period(s)
Mughal dynasty, ca. 1770
Movement
Mughal Court
School
Mughal School
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 27.6 x 18.6 cm (10 7/8 x 7 5/16 in)
Geography
India, Avadh (Oudh), Uttar Pradesh state, Lucknow or Faizabad?
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1986.416
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Painting
Type

Detached album folio with painting

Keywords
Henri Vever collection, hookah, India, Mughal dynasty (1526 - 1858), nawab, portrait, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Detached album folio: Nawab Amir al-Umara Zabita Khan; single-page portrait; Persian in black nasta'liq script; inscribed to Mihr Chand; inscription on the margin consists of the name of the patron and the artist.
Border: The text is set in gold and black rulings in an inner frame of brown floral and leaf scroll, surrounded by a frame of dark blue, floral motifs and an outer frame of brown floral and leaf scroll mounted on a white-colored paperboard.

Inscription(s)

Inner margin, amal-i Mihr Chand pesar-i Ganga Ram.
"Work of Mihr Chand, son of Ganga Ram."
Outer margin, Nawab Amir al-umara Zabiteh Khan Bahador.
"Nawab, prince of princes, Zabiteh Khan Bahador."

Published References
  • Princes and Painters in Mughal Delhi, 1707-1857. Exh. cat. New York. cat. 21, p. 94.
  • 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. 391, p. 330.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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