- Museum number
- Series: Album of Drawings of Flowers, Etc.
Album, containing fifty-five drawings generally attributed to Shafi` `Abbasi on twenty-eight folios, illustrating various flowers and plants with the inclusion of insects and birds amidst the blossoms on some drawings. Paintings of flowers on front and back lacquered covers and originally leather-bound. A memorandum dated February 1942 written by Anthony Gardner on one of the preliminary pages describes the previous condition of the book before restoration measures, which replaced the leather binding with linen hinges and attached the lacquer boards to new covers. An eighth of an inch was also trimmed from the lower edges of the folios.
- Production date
Height: 28 centimetres (album)
Thickness: 2.70 centimetres (album)
Width: 19.50 centimetres (album)
- Curator's comments
- This album consists of a number of drawings that have been pounced and some, in turn, that have been copied from European, printed or other sources. The pounced pictures of flowers may have been intended as textile designs, since floral motifs were a dominant theme of seventeenth-century Safavid textiles. Basil Gray proposes that some of the drawings in the album are based on an English source which he identifies as the "Therd Booke of Flowers, Fruits, Beastes, Birds, and Flies," illustrated by John Dunstall and published in London in 1661. Such a book would have included patterns for textiles presumably made in Iran or India for the English market. See Gray 1959 for more information.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2013 - 2014 27 Sep - 12 Jan, Zurich, Museum Rietberg, 'The Fascination of Persia' 1988,0423,0.1.26 displayed
2009 19 Feb-14 Jun, BM, Round Reading Room, 'Shah 'Abbas: The Remaking of Iran'
2009/2010 Oct – Mar, Jun-Jul, London, BM, Gallery 34, ‘Looking East, Looking West’, page 54 displayed
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
- Registration number