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A European courtesan, India, Provincial Mughal, Oudh, circa 1770-80
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A European courtesan, India, Provincial Mughal, Oudh, circa 1770-80
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A European courtesan, India, Provincial Mughal, Oudh, circa 1770-80
gouache with gold on paper, borders of blue and gold-flecked cream paper, spurious attribution to the artist Mirza Hashim in the lower margin, reverse with nasta’liq quatrain signed by Mir 'Ali
painting: 11 by 7cm.
leaf: 41.4 by 28.9cm.
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Provenance

Ex-collection Joe & Hellen Darion, New York.
Acquired from  the Olsen Foundation, Bridgeport, Conn.

Exhibited

Olsen Travelling Exhibition, Persian Miniature no. 111 (label on reverse of frame).
On loan:
North Carolina Museum of Art, 1962 (loan number Olsen Persian Miniature TL.62.10.111, label on reverse of frame).

Catalogue Note

This late Mughal painting of a European courtesan is adapted from the figure of 'Poetry' from the Seven Liberal Arts series by Cornelius Jacobsz Drebbel (d.1634) after Hendrik Goltzius (an example of the Dutch engraving is in the British Museum, 1963,0110.3).

Similar Mughal versions are in the British Library (India Office Collection, Johnson Album 9, no.14, see Falk and Archer 1981, p.156, no.326) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (inv. no.IS.259-1952).

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