5 June 2007
Shaikh Zayn-Al-Din (fl. 1777-1782)
A Lineated barbet, Megalaima lineate, on a juniper tree
with inscription 'Honest Face In the Collection of Lady Impey in Calcutta Painted by [Shaikh Zayn-al-Din] Native of Patna 1778' (lower left) and further inscribed in Urdu and Persian (lower left) and numbered '58' (upper left)
pencil, pen and ink and watercolour with gum arabic, heightened with touches of white, on the artist's original wash-line mount
20 7/8 x 27 3/8 in. (53 x 69.5 cm.)
Sir Elijah and Lady Impey.
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For a note on the artist, see lot 227.
The Barbet is native to Southern Asia, North east India, Burma, Thailand, Northern and central Malaya and Indo-China, Java and Bali.
We are grateful to Peter Olney for his help in identifying the birds.
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