John Vinter (British, circa 1828-1905)
An official portrait of Nasr al-Din Shah Qajar (reg. 1848-1896), painted on the occasion of his second State visit to England in 1889
the Shah standing looking directly at the viewer, his right hand resting on a European-style armchair, wearing a dark late 19th Century military uniform with the belt from the Imperial Crown Jewels of woven gold fastened with an emerald buckle set in a diamond-studded gold mount, a diamond medallion and a diamond-studded sash around his neck, he holds a diamond-studded sword in his left hand, and wears a beret on his head decorated with the Lion and Sun emblem, oil on canvas, signed and dated 1889 lower left, in a Victorian gilt frame with a later plaque reading His Imperial Majesty Nasr-ed-Din , K.G., the late Shah of Persia, painted by John A. Vinter, during the visit of His Imperial Majesty to England in 1889 (The Property of the Imperial Bank of Persia)
155 x 102 cm.