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File:Muhammad Ali Beg.jpg


Artist Hashim (maker)
Title Muhammad Ali Beg
Description Muhammad ‘Ali Beg was the ambassador sent to the Mughal court by Shah Abbas of Iran, arriving in time for the New Year festival in March 1631. He remained there until October 1632, during which time his portrait was painted by the royal artist, Hashim. The painting is inscribed in Persian ‘likeness of Muhammad Ali Beg, ambassador, the work of Hashim’, possibly by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. It was later mounted on a page with margins decorated with flowering plants and insects for inclusion in an album for the emperor.
Date ca. 1631 (painted)
Medium Opaque watercolour and gold on paper
Dimensions Height: 38.7 cm page, Width: 26.4 cm page, Height: 23.9 cm picture without borders and rules, Width: 17 cm picture minus border and rules
Accession number IM.25-1925
Object history The folio is from a group of paintings acquired at auction in 1925 where they were sold as "The Minto Album" and subsequently divided between the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin and the V&A.
Inscriptions 'shabih-e muhammad 'ali beg ilchi, amal-e Hashim' 'likeness of Muhammad 'Ali Beg, ambassador, [the] work of Hashim'
References Swallow, Deborah and John Guy eds. Arts of India: 1550-1900. text by Rosemary Crill, John Guy, Veronica Murphy, Susan Stronge and Deborah Swallow. London : V&A Publications, 1990. 240 p., ill. ISBN 1851770224, p.92/3, no.69. Susan Stronge, Painting for the Mughal Emperor. The art of the book 1560-1650, V&A Publications, 2002, pl. 127, p. 164.


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