A painting of a Nobleman
A painting of a Nobleman


A painting of a Nobleman
India, Lucknow or Oudh, circa 1770-1780
The nobleman wearing gold and purple robes and smoking a hookah while speaking to a courtesan who stands coyly beneath a fruit tree, a silver lake in the background and a gold and orange sky above, with an inscription on the balustrade between them
Opaque pigments and gold on paper
9 3/8 x 5½ in. (23.8 x 14 cm.), image
12¼ x 8 in. (31.1 x 20.3 cm.), folio

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Lot Essay

The inscription reads as: 'amal-e 'aquil khan, or "work of Aquil Khan." For a comparable work depicting two women in a similar composition and with similar long-legged proportions, see L.Y. Leach, Mughal and Other Indian Paintings from the Chester Beatty Library, vol. II, 1995, p. 696, fig. 6.339.

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