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Sir David Ochterlony in Indian dress and smoking a hookah and watching a nautch in his house in Delhi

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June 30, 1820
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Akbar Shah II 1806–1837

Sir David Ochterlony in Indian dress and smoking a hookah and watching a nautch in his house in Delhi

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A European, probably Sir David Ochterlony (1758-1825), in Indian dress, smoking a hookah and watching a nautch in his house at Delhi. Note: Although this painting is not inscribed, the central figure strikingly resembles other portraits of Ochterlony, e.g. a water-colour in the Red Fort Museum, Delhi. See also Add.Or.3079. Ochterlony became a famous Delhi character for he was in and around the city from 1803 to 1825. He had a house there as well as a garden-house on the road to Azalpur and lived in Indian style. He was twice Resident at Delhi, 1803 -06 and 1818-22. The lined face and white hair would suggest that this portrait was made in his later years. The family portraits on the wall depict, on the left, a light dragoon and, on the right, a light cavalry, man. The Scottish uniform would further support this identification.

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