The scene depicted likely took place in 1820 under the tenure of Sir David Ochterlony (1758-1825), who served as the British Resident from 1818-22. Compare to other darbar scenes depicted in E. Smart and D. Walker, Pride of the Princes: Indian Art of the Mughal Era in the Cincinnati Art Museum, 1985, cat. no. 19.; T. Falk and M. Archer, Indian Miniatures in the India Office Library, 1981, no.227i; and one sold at Christie's New York, 21 March 2001, lot 203. Some of the earlier darbar paintings are attributable to the court master painter, Ghulam Murtaza Khan with further copies ensuing. L. Leach suggests in Mughal and other Indian Paintings from the Chester Beatty Library, Vol. II, p. 812, that the varying copies were made as court souvenirs and possibly produced by several commercial workshops. Despite the waning power of the Mughals, Leach also notes that this grouping of dignitaries, painted from a Mughal perspective, depicts Ochterlony as a "compliant and even passive subject of Akbar Shah." op. cit, p. 812.