Arts of the Book: Illustrated Texts, Miniatures
Fath 'Ali Shah Seated On A Throne Decorated With Precious Stones
Qajar, 19th century CE
Materials and technique
Watercolour and gold on paper
33.2 x 21.1 cm
This watercolour portrait is the work of Mir 'Alí, one of the greatest artists of the beginning of the Qajar period; he was famous mainly for his large scale portraits of Fath 'Alí Shah, which conveyed a sublime greatness and majesty much in keeping with the image the sovereign wished to project. In this watercolour, the top right-hand-corner plate and insets marked out with gilded lines bear the title Fath 'Alí Shah and two laudatory couplets. Whilst this composition can also be found in the Louvre Museum in a portrait attributed to the same artist, its dimensions and execution on paper are more unusual.
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