London, South Kensington
3 May 2001
Portrait of a noble
India, 19th Century
gouache on ivory, three-quatre length portrait of a noble seated wearing loose fitting white robes with red shawl; and a European Classical depiction of Cleopatra, gouache on ivory, showing the queen of Egypt with long blonde hair seated gazing upwards, crown to one side, one hand raised the other holding an asp against her bare breasts, mounted, oval gilt frame -- largest 16.5 x 12cm. (one cracked).
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the roundels at the bottom of each frame read; taken at the storming of the Nana Sahib's Palace Bithoor, August 1857, and taken at the storming of the Kaiser Bahodur King's Palace Lucknow, March 1858, respectively.
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