The inscriptions read:
recto: 'Portrait of Husn-e 'Alam at night'
verso: A calligraphic page of a Persian quatrain of a eulogy to a king, in nasta'liq, signed as 'The smallest of sincere servants (of God) Muhammad Amin Mashhadi, may his sins be forgiven and his faults covered'.
Muhammad Amin, a Mashhadi scribe, who moved to India, was alive at the time Mir'at al-'Alam was composed (1078/1667-8) and copied the Padshahnama, which he presented to 'Alamgir (Mehdi Bayani, ahval va asar-e khosh-nevisan, vol. III, Teheran, 1348 sh., pp. 650-51).
For an earlier version of this miniature see Toby Falk, Paintings from Mughal India, P & D Colnaghi Exhibition Catalogue, London, 1979, no. 31, p. 67. Falk notes that the scene of a lady escorted to bed was a popular subject for later Mughal artists, although in most cases the bed is already occupied by a waiting prince (Falk, op. cit., p. 67).