www.IndianMiniaturePaintings.co.uk - On a riverside palace terrace Nawab 'Alivardi Khan with his grandson Siraj-Ud-Daulah kneel opposite his nephew Sayyid Ahmad Khan (Saulat Jang) and two nobles also probably relatives. Murshidabad, circa 1756. Opaque watercolour with gold on wasli. 36 x 22.5cm

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On a riverside palace terrace Nawab 'Alivardi Khan with his grandson Siraj-Ud-Daulah kneel opposite his nephew Sayyid Ahmad Khan (Saulat Jang) and two nobles also probably relatives. Murshidabad, circa 1756. Opaque watercolour with gold on wasli. 36 x 22.5cm

Siraj-Ud-Daulah is here easily recognisable due to featuring in a number of group portraits with Alivardi Khan. For a closely comparable likeness of Saulat Jang see his portrait in Bibliothèque nationale de France. For another portrait of Aliwardi Khan with grandson and nephews see Skelton, also V&A. The figure lowest in the group of three bears resemblance to a slightly later (c. 1760) portrait of Ghulam Husain Khan who Topsfield informs was related to the Nawab. References below.

Provenance: private English collection imported prior to 1940.

Pasted onto the backboard of the original glazed frame is a paper label with handwritten inscription in English which refers to Nawab 'Ali Wardi Khan and his nephew Siraj-Ud-Daula ...Calcutta 1756...'sitting in State with three of their principal nobles'.

 

Comparable individual and group portraits:

'Nawab Aliverdi Khan with his nephews and grandson on a terrace', c. 1750-55, Robert Skelton in Marg, 1956, Murshidabad Paintings, pl.3; V&A, http://www.vam.ac.uk/users/node/17461, acc. 31.3.2014

'The Nawab Mir Qasim interviewing a Hindu official', c. 1760-63, Robert Skelton in Marg, Murshidabad Paintings, 1956, pl.10; Andrew Topsfield in Arts of Bengal: The Heritage of Bangladesh and Eastern India, 1979, cat.68; Sotheby's, London, 7/8.7.1980, lot 92

'A nobleman, probably Husayn Quli Khan, Deputy Governor of Dacca, seated smoking on a terrace, attended by two servants', c. 1750-549, Andrew Topsfield in Arts of Bengal: The Heritage of Bangladesh and Eastern India, 1979, cat.69

'A Nawab Holding Court, probably Alivardi Khan', c.1760, C A Bayly (ed.), The Raj: India and the British, 1990, cat.83

'Ghulam Husain Khan', c. 1760, Andrew Topsfield, Paintings from Mughal India, 2010, cat. 61

''Alivardi Khan and a Courtier', c.1745 (sic), Christie's, London, 26.4.2005, lot 226; reassigned 'Nawab 'Alivardi Khan with his Nephew Saulat Jang', c. 1750-55, John Seyller, Eva and Konrad Seitz Collection of Indian Miniatures: Mughal and Deccani Paintings, 2010, cat.22

'A Portrait of Saulat Jang, Nawab of Tonk', circa 1750, Christie's, New York, 23.3.2010, lot 184

'A Seated Nobleman', Sotheby's New York, 24.3.2010, lot 86

'Sayyid Ahmad Khan Saulat Jang', circa 1755, Bibliothèque nationale de France, http://expositions.bnf.fr/inde/grand/exp_064.htm, acc. 31/3/2014

Ref: 000786

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                     Below left, right: gilt detail and burnished surface reflecting light

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Above: label affixed to original frame back-board

Images and text © Peter Blohm 2012