www.IndianMiniaturePaintings.co.uk - Probably from a dispersed series of rulers of Hyderabad: posthumous portrait Nizam Asaf Jah I (r. 1724-48). Hyderabad, circa 1800-10. Opaque watercolour with gold on wasli. 28.1 x 16.9cm

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Probably from a dispersed series of rulers of Hyderabad: posthumous portrait Nizam Asaf Jah I (r. 1724-48). Hyderabad, circa 1800-10. Opaque watercolour with gold on wasli. 28.1 x 16.9cm

Most likely this portrait represents the first in a series depicting rulers of Hyderabad. Nawab Mir Qamar ud din Khan, titled Nizam al Mulk, Asaf Jah I had become the first nizam by founding Hyderabad as a semi-independent state from the toppling Mughal Empire in 1724. He was not himself the greatest patron of painting being in thrall to Aurangzeb and disapproving of portraiture. Consequently Asaf Jah I would likely not have been best pleased to have seen this example of himself, produced near the end of the reign of Nawab Mir Nizam Ali Khan Siddiqi Bahadur Asaf Jah II (r.1761-1803) or near the start of the reign of Mir Akbar Ali Khan Siddiqi Sikander Jah Asaf Jah III (r. 1803-29).

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