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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 272

    Shaikh Zayn-al-Din (fl. 1777-1782)

    A collared dove on a branch

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    Shaikh Zayn-al-Din (fl. 1777-1782)
    A collared dove on a branch
    with inscription 'In the collection of Lady Impey/Painted by [Shaikh Zayn-al-Din] Native of Patna 1778' and further inscribed in Urdu and Persian (lower left)
    pencil and watercolour, with gum arabic, heightened with bodycolour, unframed
    20¼ x 28½ in. (51.9 x 72.4 cm.)

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    For a note on Sir Elijah and Lady Impey, their menagerie in Calcutta and the three artists they employed see lot 271 by Bhawani Das. Shaikh Zayn-al-Din was the most senior of the three painters, arriving in Calcutta three years in advance of Bhawani Das and Ram Das.

    In the late 18th Century the collared dove was considered a rare and exotic species by the British, since it was found only in south-eastern Europe and Asia. Pairs began breeding in Britain in 1956 and it is now a familiar garden bird.

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    Sir Elijah and Lady Impey.

    Pre-Lot Text