Taq-i Kisra, oil on canvas, indistinctly signed and dated lower left, framed, 22.9 x 28.5cm (9 x 11 1/4in).
Provenance: Private UK collection.
The Taq-i Kisra is the only remaining visible structure found in the ancient city of Ctesiphon and was constructed during the reign of the Persian King Khosrau I around 540 A.D. The arch was part of the Imperial palace complex and was the largest to be built in the Persian Empire, standing thirty meters high.
Ctesiphon was located on the east bank of the river Tigris, around 35km south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad and functioned as the capital of both the Parthian and Sassanian Empires before being abandoned around the 8th century.
Dr Julian Reade, Chris Scarre (Ed.), The Seventy Wonders of the Ancient world, The Great Monuments and How they were Built, London, 1999, pp. 185186.