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Portraits of feted as rebel against the British: Wazir Akbar Khan. Patna, Anglo-Indian or 'Company School' circa 1840. Gouache and gold on ivory. 6.8 x 5.5cm

Muhammad 'Wazir' Akbar Khan was the son of Amir Dost Muhammad, ruler of Afghanistan deposed by the British in 1839 who installed Shah Shuja as ruler. Between 1841-2 Wazir Akbar Khan deposed Shah Shuja in the process shooting dead British envoy Sir William Hay MacNaghten, and chasing the British in their retreat from Kabul. Such acts elevated his status to that of hero in Lucknow and Patna where he was celebrated in portraits of which this is an example.

Inventory LC 000064

 

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