This drawing was a gift to Howard Hodgkin from the late Sheikh Saud ibn Muhammad al-Thani (1966-2014). Christie’s, London, 12 October 1999, lot 103
This finely rendered drawing depicts King Solomon seated on a throne surrounded by peris, courtiers and demons. A cheetah sits at his feet and the sky is filled with a flock of birds, possibly hoopoe. A related scene of Solomon enthroned, painted by Mirza Ghulam is in the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore (Okada 1992, fig.125). Stylistically the drawing derives from European Biblical engravings that arrived in India with the Christian missionaries from the sixteenth century onwards. During the reign of Jahangir a number of Mughal court artists based their drawings and miniatures on these European sources.
In very good condition, very minor stains and holes, as viewed. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."