Persian School An allegorical scene  subject to further research
Lot 178
Prince Nasir al-Din Mirza sitting for his portrait before the Russian artist A. D. Soltykov in 1838 Persia, late 19th/early 20th Century
Sold for £3,750 (US$ 5,868) inc. premium

Lot Details
Prince Nasir al-Din Mirza sitting for his portrait before the Russian artist A. D. Soltykov in 1838
Persia, late 19th/early 20th Century
oil on paper, inscribed upper right in nasta'liq script with the spurious phrase picture of the occasion of the enthronement of Nasir al-Din Shah Qajar, signed at lower right Ja'far [?], other obscured inscriptions at lower left and lower right, framed
62 x 85 cm.

Footnotes

  • The painting is closely based on a drawing by A. D. Soltykov, who accompanied the Russian mission to Persia, depicting himself drawing the Prince (later Nasir al-Din Shah Qajar) on a visit to Tabriz in 1838. The image was also a plate in Soltykov's Voyage en Perse (1851). See L. S. Diba (ed.), Royal Persian Paintings: the Qajar Epoch 1785-1925, pp. 52-53, where the drawing is illustrated (fig. 15).
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