19 May 1998
Shaikh Zayn-al-Din (fl. 1777-1782)
Alectoris chukar (Chukar Partridge)
with inscription 'In the Collection of Lady Impey/Painted by [Shaikh Zayn-al-Din] Native of Patna 1779' (lower left), numbered '67' (upper left) and further inscribed 'kabk' (partridge) in Persian (lower left)
pencil and watercolour, heightened with white and gum arabic, watermark 'J WHATMAN', unframed
20.7/8 x 29¾ in. (52.7 x 75.5 cm.)
Sir Elijah and Lady Impey.
The Earls of Derby (L. 720a).
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