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Portrait of Emperor Bahadur Shah in old age. c.1500-1720

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November 14, 1712
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Mirza Firuz Shah
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Shah Alam Bahadur Shah I 1707–1712

Portrait of Emperor Bahadur Shah in old age. c.1500-1720

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Title: Portrait of Emperor Bahadur Shah in old age. c.1500-1720


Dimensions: 42 x 28 cm (folio dimensions) | RCIN 1005068.ad


Descriptions: A portrait of Bahadur Shah I (r. 1707–12) enthroned, c.1720. The composition is a copy in reverse of the portrait of Shah-Jahan in the frontispiece of the Padshahnamah (RCIN 1005025. e) and the painting was likely made specifically for this album to face the painting of Muhammad Shah (r. 1719–48) opposite (RCIN 1005025. af). Muhammad Shah was Bahadur Shah’s grandson through his youngest son and considered himself Bahadur Shah’s true successor after the turbulent reign of his cousin Emperor Farrukh-Siyar (r. 1713–19). He sits facing left, his head surrounded by a green halo, on a golden throne under a chatra with an attendant holding a fly whisk behind him.


People involved


Creator(s)


Mir Ali (c. 1500-1550) (calligrapher)


Mughal artist (artist)


Acquirer(s) George III, King of the United Kingdom (1738-1820)


Subject(s) Bahadur Shah (r. 1707-1712)


Physical properties Measurements 42 x 28 cm


(folio dimensions) 24.0 x 9.9 cm (panel) 32.0 x 21.8 cm 


(image) Groupings Category Manuscripts Object 


type(s) printed & manuscript material manuscripts calligraphy visual works paintings


Subject(s) Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sports Art Paintings Paintings-Indian school Miniatures (paintings, oil/watercolor) Places Asia India


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Ismail Mazari

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Very good information.

MUGHAL IMAGES

The Mughal Images immediately took a much greater interest in realistic portraiture than was typical of Persian miniatures. Animals and plants were the main subject of many miniatures for albums and were more realistically depicted. To upload your images click here.

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