The invocation ya sadiq al-wa’d ('O You who are true to your promise) has often been the signature of many pieces by Muhammad Sadiq, one of the most celebrated pupils of ‘Ali Ashraf, active in the second half of the eighteenth century.
He is described as a painter who worked in lacquer, watercolour and illumination and depicted flowers and birds, portraits, war and scenes of the hunt. He also executed large scale oil paintings including the battle of Chalderan, fought between Shah Isma’il and the Ottoman army of Selim, in the Chihil Sutun palace in Isfahan (M.A. Karimzadeh Tabrizi, The Lives & Art of Old Painters of Iran, vol.1, London, 1985, pp.259-64).The same signature is present on two oil paintings commissioned by Karim Khan and now in the Pars Museum (Khalili 1996 p.75). A penbox similarly signed and dated 1193 AH is in now in the Khalili Collection, inv.no. LAQ320, another one, dated one year after is published Melikian-Chirvani 1977 (mentioned in Khalili 1996 p.134).
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