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Mughal Emperor Akbar and his wife Jodhabai. Anglo-Indian (or "Company School") at Delhi. Opaque watercolour with gold on ivory in deep recessed glazed gilt-wood frame. Circa 1800. Frame: 16.8 x 22.5 x 4cm; ovals 6.4, 6.3cm (heights)

The painting of Akbar is extraordinarily detailed and unusually sensitive in comparison to the vast majority produced. Note his closely-shaved heavy chin has dense grey-haired stubble indicated by the most delicately applied blue tones which also appear in his moustache, but note especially the characterful expression given his face especially around the eyes and brow.

Ref: Anglo-Indian Akbar-Jodhabai 221111

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