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Prince Bedar Bakht in a landscape

  • Description

    In India, individual or group portraits were mostly produced to be included in albums (muraqqa‘s), portable image galleries featuring members of the royal family, nobility, and courtly entourage. The young sitter of this fine painting is Bedar Bakht Mirza, grandson of the Mughal emperor Awrangzeb (ruled 1658-1707) and commander of his army in Deccan, central India. Bedar Bakht died in battle against his uncle Mu‘azzam Shah ‘Alam during the fierce war of succession between the crown princes which followed Awrangzeb’s death.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndianorth IndiaUttar PradeshAwadhLucknow district Lucknow (place of creation)
    c. 1760
    Mughal Period (1526 - 1858)
    Associated people
    Prince Bedar Bakht (died 1707) (subject)
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold on paper
    page 37.7 x 26.3 cm (height x width)
    painting 16 x 8.2 cm (height x width)
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    Bequeathed by Christopher T. Gandy, 2012.
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