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Jahangir receiving Prince Parviz in a garden, Mughal, by Manohar

June 30, 1605
Jahangir 1605–1627

Jahangir receiving Prince Parviz in a garden, Mughal, by Manohar



Jahangir receiving Prince Parviz in a garden, Mughal, by Manohar, c.1610-1615. This painting depicts the Mughal emperor Jahangir (r. 1605-1627) seated in a garden, surrounded by leading members of his court, and receiving his son Prince Parviz. Most of the characters are identified by minute inscriptions in Persian, the administrative and cultural language of the court. It is ascribed to the artist Manohar, who was the son of Basawan, a renowned artist of the reign of Jahangir's father, Akbar. Manohar was therefore a "khan-e zad", one of those born into the service of the court, probably in the late 1560s. He came to prominence during the 1580s and 1590s working as a junior artist, sometimes in collaboration with his father. By the reign of Jahangir he was one of the most important artists of the Mughal studio, and produced some of the most famous portraits of the time. The slight imbalance in scale between the different figures in this scene is because each was traced from a single study of the individual concerned, and transferred into the composition, a common feature of court scenes of the period. The painting was once part of a royal Mughal album, and is part of a group of detached miscellaneous leaves now divided between the V&A and the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, and known as the "Minto Album", named after a former owner. Two Earls of Minto were appointed Governor-General of India, and it is not known which of them originally acquired the pages. Copyright: V&A Images

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Very good information.


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