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'ALIVARDI KHAN AND A COURTIER
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'ALIVARDI KHAN AND A COURTIER

MURSHIDABAD, CIRCA 1745 AD

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'ALIVARDI KHAN AND A COURTIER
MURSHIDABAD, CIRCA 1745 AD
Gouache heightened with gold on paper, the ruler seated on a terrace holding a gold ring with a courtier, an attendant standing behind him, mounted on an album leaf
Miniature 13¾ x 9¾in. (35 x 25cm.)
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Lot Essay

'Alivardi Khan arrived in Bengal in 1720 and through outstanding ability was appointed to the post of Nawab's deputy in Bihar. Through a powerful alliance with his brother he eventually acceded to the position of Nawab in 1740.
Several fine paintings of him exist, one in the Victoria and Albert Museum with his nephews and grandson.
Skelton, R.: Murshidabad Painting, Marg, X.1, 1956, pp.10-13.
Losty, J.: Towards a New Naturalism, Portraiture in Murshidabad and
Avadh
, 1750-80, Marg, LIII, 4, pp.34-37.

Another painting from this series, with the same ruler seated in this location, was sold in these rooms 27 April 2004, lot 129.
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