The Grand Mughals - Babur to Bahadur Shah Zafar (1526-1857)

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 15 Nov 2012 Rare Paintings
Muhammad Ali Beg - ca. 1631
Inscription: Shabeeh Mohammed Ali Baig Elchi. Amal Hashim

India
Artist: Hashim
Opaque watercolour and gold on paper

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 re... Read More
 15 Nov 2012 New Books
New Book:
The Imperial Image
By Milo Cleveland Beach
Paintings for the Mughal Court
Publisher: Mapin

Books have been treasured for centuries in the Islamic world, as precious objects worthy of royal admiration. This was especially true in Muslim India, where generations of Mughal emperors commis... Read More
 15 Nov 2012 Rare Paintings
Allegorical representation of Emperor Jahangir and Shah Abbas of Persia from the St. Petersburg Album
ca. 1618; margins 1747?48

Abu'l Hasan b. 1588 or 1589)
Mughal dynasty
Reign of Jahangir

Opaque watercolor, ink, silver and gold on paper
H: 23.8 W: 15.4 cm
India

This brilliantly executed ... Read More
 14 Nov 2012 Rare Paintings
Shah Jahan and his son by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, 1656

Pen and brush in brown on light brown Japanese paper.

Source: Rijksmuseum Read More
 14 Nov 2012 Rare Paintings
Drawn by Rembrandt
ca. 1656-1661
Dutch

A Mughal Nobleman standing; after a Mughal miniature, whole-length, almost in profile to right, his right hand on the handle of a dagger in his belt. c.1656-1661.

Pen and brown ink with grey and brown wash, touched with red chalk (in the turban) and ... Read More
 14 Nov 2012 Rare Paintings
Drawn by Rembrandt
ca. 1656-1661
Dutch

Four Orientals seated under a tree; bearded old men wearing turbans, seated in a half-circle on a terrace, one holding a cup, the other a book, a steep rocky outcrop behind. c.1656-1661

Pen and brown ink with brown and grey wash, touched with white and wi... Read More
 14 Nov 2012 Rare Paintings
Thesis:
Rembrandt Redefined: Making the ?Global Artist? in Seventeenth-Century Amsterdam
by Jina Chung, B.A.
Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of
The University of Texas at Austin

"...In my desire to portray Rembrandt as a ?global? artist, I consciously chose to avoid solely ... Read More
 14 Nov 2012 Rare Paintings
Drawn by Rembrandt
ca. 1656-1661
Dutch (scope note

Emperor Jah?ng?r receiving an Officer; copy after a Mughal miniature, the Emperor, with halo, seated on a divan with a sabre in his left hand, a man holding a document standing before him at left. c.1656-1661

Pen and brown ink, with bro... Read More
 14 Nov 2012 Rare Paintings
Drawn by Rembrandt
ca. 1656-1661
Dutch

A Mughal nobleman on horseback; after a Mughal miniature, a man, with slight beard, holding a two-headed lance seated on a horse which is rearing to right. c.1656-1661.

Pen and brown ink with brown and grey wash, touched with red and yellow chalk a... Read More
 13 Nov 2012 Rare Paintings
Gouache painting on paper of BAHADUR SHAH II seated on a chair with lion claw feet, on a terrace. Bahadur Shah II is lavishly attired, wearing a multi-coloured shawl over his shoulder and waist and jewellery at his neck, wrists and arms. He holds a huqqa pipe in his left hand and rests his right ... Read More
 13 Nov 2012 Artefacts
The mystery of Bahadur Shah?s crown
By K.R.N. Swamy
Tribune India - June 2000

As he fled from the Red Fort at Delhi, as its capture by the Birtish became imminent on September 14, 1857, Bahadur Shah the last Mughal Emperor, carried with him his most precious treasure: a box containing three bear... Read More
 12 Nov 2012 Artefacts
Ongoing exhibition at the British Library, London:
Enter the world of the Mughals, one of the world's great dynasties, in our new major exhibition.

At its peak, the Mughal Empire stretched from Kabul in the northwest and covered most of the South Asian subcontinent. This exhibition is the first ... Read More
 12 Nov 2012 Rare Paintings
Bahadur Shah I with his sons handing a sarpech to a grandson, ca. 1710.
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper. H. 12 3?8 ? W. 9 1?4 in. (31.4 ? 23.5 cm).

Source: The San Diego Museum of Art, Edwin Binney 3rd Collection Read More
 12 Nov 2012 Rare Paintings
The Emperor Bahadur Shah
Delhi, 1855 - 1858

Europeanised in its full-face portraiture and modelling, this sadly gazing nobleman is the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah II (r.1837-1858). Like his father, seen in the previous painting [LI118.33], he ruled India in name only, and his domains hardly... Read More
 5 Nov 2012 Rare Paintings
Sultan Murad and a Consort
ca. 1597

Manohar active 1582?ca. 1624))
Mughal dynasty
Reign of Akbar
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
India

This image is an unusually intimate portrait of royal lovers reclining in a garden setting. It portrays Prince Murad, the intellectually incline... Read More
 5 Nov 2012 Rare Paintings
Folio from the Ramayana of Valmiki (The Freer Ramayana), Vol. 2, folio 199; recto: text; verso: Laksmana is stricken by the magic arrows of Indrajita
1597-1605

Fazl , (Indian, Indian)
Mughal dynasty

Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
H: 27.5 W: 15.2 cm
Northern India

Copyr... Read More
 5 Nov 2012 Rare Paintings
Essay:
The Synthesis of European and Mughal Art in the Emperor Akbar?s Khamsa of Nizami
By Gregory Minissale
October 13, 2000

The European engravings brought to India in the sixteenth century by the Jesuits to help communicate Christian doctrines to the Mughals are well documented. Prints of no... Read More
 5 Nov 2012 Rare Paintings
Susanna and the Elders, folio from the Gulshan Album (Rose Garden album)
ca. 1595

Mughal dynasty
Reign of Jahangir
Oil on paper (image); opaque watercolor and gold on paper (borders)
H: 24.7 W: 13.4 cm
India

This folio is a striking demonstration of Mughal artistic creativity and experimenta... Read More
 5 Nov 2012 Rare Paintings
Seated Youth, ca. 1600

Abu'l Hasan b. 1588 or 1589)
Mughal dynasty
Reign of Jahangir

Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
H: 12.4 W: 7.3 cm
India

Portraits of graceful young men reading or holding flowers are frequent in Iranian painting though rare in Mughal art. This drawin... Read More
 4 Nov 2012 Rare Paintings
Persian Portraits, Etc.
Double view. On left: Album leaf (verso). Portrait. The bow-bearer of Shah ?Abbas. On right: Album leaf (recto); painting. Vishnu as Matsya returning the Vedas to Brahman. On paper.
Mughal Style
Late 17th century
Deccan, India

? Trustees of the British Museum Read More