Few details are known of the life of the artist Shaykh 'Abbasi, whose dated works show him as being active during the reigns of Shah 'Abbas II and Shah Sulayman. His style is characterised by the use of pointillism for shading and creating volume in figures, but also by his choice of subjects. There is no evidence that he worked in India yet he frequently chose Indian men and women as his subjects. Even here where the subject is clearly an Iranian young man of fashion, he shows him sitting on a carpet on a terrace with a balustrade and smelling a flower, a common setting for the 17th century Mughal masters.
Examples of his work are in the Art and History Trust Collection (Soudavar, A.: Art of the Persian Courts, New York, 1992, nos.146, 147, pp.367-8); in the Musée Guimet, Paris, 7166 (Zebrowski, M.: Deccani Painting, London, 1983, p.197); collection of the late Edwin Binney III, (Islamic art from the collection of Edwin Binney III, Washington, 1966, no.5).
Another miniature by Shaykh 'Abbasi was sold in these rooms, 14 October 2003, lot 133.