A STANDING PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG PRINCE
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A STANDING PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG PRINCE

MUGHAL INDIA, FIRST HALF 17TH CENTURY

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A STANDING PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG PRINCE
MUGHAL INDIA, FIRST HALF 17TH CENTURY
Opaque pigments heightened with gold on paper, the prince depicted facing left wearing a red cloak with floral borders and holding a khanda, within floral borders and polychrome rules, a line of red nasta'liq calligraphy above, the reverse with a note in pencil 'Prince Jahangir, ca. 1800 ?'
Painting 3 5/8 x 1 7/8in. (9.2 x 4.8cm.); folio 7 7/8 x 5 5/8in. (20 x 14.2cm.)
Provenance
By repute, formerly in the collection of Rosanne Klass (1929-2005), American writer and human rights advocate.
Engraved
shabih-i ‘ahd-i shahzadagi-yi jahangir padshah, 'Portrait of Emperor Jahangir in the period of Princehood'
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Lot Essay

This figure of a young prince draws comparison with several portraits of princely youths standing in landscapes from the Dara Shikoh Album, which was assembled circa 1633-42, and is now in the collection of the British Library in London (Add. Or. 3129). The portraits in the Album were attributed to Mughal artists simply referred to as Artist ‘B’ ‘C’ and ‘D’ and they all depict youths with the same facial type. Falk and Archer suggest that this is perhaps the artists’ ideal representation of youthful or princely beauty. One of the artists may have been inspired by a portrait of Dara Shikoh himself (ff.3v, 6, 17v, 19v, 27v, 35v, 37v, 38; T. Falk and M. Archer, Indian Miniatures in the India Office Library, London, 1981, p.73, illustrated on pp. 380, 383, 386, 389, 390).

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