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  • Description

    Portrait of a standing lady, in profile, holding a peacock feather fan. Lady is modestly dressed in simple, unornamented traditional clothing with necklaces, rings, bracelettes, and nose ring. No text. Void background. Painted in opaque watercolour on paper.

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    • 1620-1635
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    • Height: 11 centimetres (image)
    • Width: 6.2 centimetres (image)
    • Height: 21.1 centimetres (sheet)
    • Width: 16.4 centimetres (sheet)
  • Curator's comments

    This is an unusual example of a portrait of a woman who is neither young, beautiful nor royal. The fan suggvests that she is a servant and as such may have been an important member of the royal household.

    During the reign of Jahangir portraits of women increased in number and variety. Although the identity of the sitter for this portrait remains unknown, the artist has striven to portray her as a woman of substance and character. She resembles other Mughal portraits said to be Nur Jahan, Jahangir's most powerful wife.


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    • Rogers 1993 fig. 35, pg. 61 bibliographic details
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  • Acquisition notes

    Collected by Viscount Wellesley in 1794 (after the old draft register, p. 171)

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    Middle East

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Painting of a lady with a peacock feather fan.

Painting of a lady with a peacock feather fan.

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