watercolour, ink and pencil on paper laid on cardboard, signed lower right: "Fahrelnissa Zeid. London. 1948 September" 25.4 x 34.2 cm.
Provenance: UK private collection; acquired directly from the artist in the mid 1970s.
In 1946, Prince Zeid was appointed the first Iraqi Ambassador to the Court of St James' in London, where she lived for a number of years. She converted one of the maids' rooms on the third floor of the Embassy into a studio where she could paint and also took a studio in Paris, enabling her to exhibit her works in both cities.
In the catalogue for her 1972 exhibition at Galerie Katia Granoff, Paris, Fahrelnissa writes of London: "The greyness of the British capital city does not bother me. I remain forever a happy Oriental, I always have the sun in my heart" (Portraits de Fahrelnissa Zeid, Galerie Katia Granoff, Paris, 1972, opposite portrait titled "Emir Hassan").