A seated courtier

Detached album folio; tinted drawing; A seated courtier; Persian in black nasta’liq script, inscription on the top reads: The back of Akbar; mounted on paperboard.

Historical period(s)
Mughal dynasty, mid-17th century
Movement
Mughal Court
School
Mughal School
Medium
Ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 15 x 8.7 cm (5 7/8 x 3 7/16 in)
Geography
India
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Henri Vever collection
Accession Number
S1986.438
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Drawing
Type

Detached album folio

Keywords
courtier, Henri Vever collection, India, man, Mughal dynasty (1526 - 1858), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

From at least 1913
Léonce Rosenberg (1879-1947), Paris, from at least 1913 [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] The object is documented as having appeared in the collection of Léonce Rosenberg by at least June 6, 1913. See 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. 411.

[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. 325, no. 381.

[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)

Henri Vever 1854 - 1942
Léonce Rosenberg 1879 - 1947
Francois Mautin French, born 1907

Description

Detached album folio; tinted drawing; A seated courtier; Persian in black nasta'liq script, inscription on the top reads: The back of Akbar; mounted on paperboard.

Inscription(s)

On the top: The back of Akbar

Published References
  • The Indian Portrait: 1560-1860. Exh. cat. London. p. 62.
  • 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. 381, p. 325.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum