AN ARMY APPROACHES A FORT BY A RIVER, ILLUSTRATION FROM A MUGHAL MANUSCRIPT, INDIA, POPULAR MUGHAL, EARLY 17TH CENTURY, REPAINTED EARLY 19TH CENTURY
AN ARMY APPROACHES A FORT BY A RIVER, ILLUSTRATION FROM A MUGHAL MANUSCRIPT, INDIA, POPULAR MUGHAL, EARLY 17TH CENTURY, REPAINTED EARLY 19TH CENTURY
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AN ARMY APPROACHES A FORT BY A RIVER, ILLUSTRATION FROM A MUGHAL MANUSCRIPT, INDIA, POPULAR MUGHAL, EARLY 17TH CENTURY, REPAINTED EARLY 19TH CENTURY

Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 GBP

AN ARMY APPROACHES A FORT BY A RIVER, ILLUSTRATION FROM A MUGHAL MANUSCRIPT, INDIA, POPULAR MUGHAL, EARLY 17TH CENTURY, REPAINTED EARLY 19TH CENTURY

Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 GBP

Lot Details

Description

AN ARMY APPROACHES A FORT BY A RIVER, ILLUSTRATION FROM A MUGHAL MANUSCRIPT, INDIA, POPULAR MUGHAL, EARLY 17TH CENTURY, REPAINTED EARLY 19TH CENTURY


gouache with gold on paper, mounted on an album page with gold-flecked cream borders, reverse with ownership inscription


painting: 26.1 by 18.2cm.

leaf: 35.4 by 28.1cm.

Condition Report

Painted surface in fair condition. Original scene extensively overpainted. Some minor wormholes to the border. upper with central border cut-out section.


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Cataloguing

Provenance

Ex-collection Julius Caesar Ibbetson (1759-1817).

Spink & Sons, London, 1960s. 

Catalogue Note

Julius Caesar Ibbetson was an 18th-century British water-colourist and landscape painter. He exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1783, and was the official draughtsman to Colonel Charles Cathcart on the first British Embassy to Peking in 1787.


This miniature probably depicts an episode from one of the many Mughal historical manuscripts produced in the late sixteenth century. The upper half of the composition shows an army approaching a fort by a river, from which a single mounted warrior rides out. In the lower half a general or ruler is having his head shaved by a barber in his encampment. The style of the paintings suggests a sub-imperial manuscript of the early seventeenth century, but it has been extensively repainted in the early nineteenth century, the faces of several figures suggesting Delhi work of circa 1800-20.

Arts of the Islamic World
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