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Oil painting - Saith Satoor and Ali Hassan Bey

Saith Satoor and Ali Hassan Bey

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    1831 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hayter, George (Sir), born 1792 - died 1871 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on panel

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, Shell International and the Friends of the V&A

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Portrait studies of three heads, two of Saith Satoor, full-face and profile, and one of Ali Hassan Bey

Place of Origin

London (probably, painted)


1831 (painted)


Hayter, George (Sir), born 1792 - died 1871 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Oil on panel

Marks and inscriptions

Signed and dated G Hayter 1831; inscribed on the back with title and G Hayter 1831


Height: 32.5 cm estimate, Width: 43.5 cm, :

Object history note

According to Rodney Searight: - `Bt. fr Jas.Mackinnon - April 1970, £100'.

Historical context note

Saith Satoor (Sadek Beg, Sadik Bey, Sayyed Khan, Seyeed Khan or Sittik Khan) was the son of an Armenian trader of Bushehr. Educated in Bombay. Protégé of Abbas Mirza, son and heir of Fath Ali Shah of Persia (1797-1834). Travelled with, as interpreter, Sir Robert Ker Porter in Persia, Iraq and Turkey, 1818-19. From c.1820 engaged in commercial enterprises between London, Turkey and Persia, until death of Abbas Mirza c.1835. Died, heavily in debt, 1842. (See W. R. Holmes, Sketches on the Shores of the Caspian, 1845, pp.13-16; Sir R. Ker Porter, Travels in Georgia..., 1821-2, Vol.I, pp.251-2, Vol.II, p.768.). This painting is possibly the Three Persian Heads, lot 628, in Hayter's Studio Sale. For other portraits of Saith Satoor see two sheets of sketches by Hayter in the Museum and Art Gallery, Bolton, one dated 1826 April. 27. and showing him seated with the artist at his easel (see photocopies in Searight Archive); also SP.345 by R. Lane.

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'Saith Satoor and Ali Hassan Bey', Sir George Hayter, 1831

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Searight, Rodney and Scarce, Jennifer M., A Middle Eastern journey : artists on their travels from the collection of Rodney Searight, Talbot Rice Art Centre, 1980
Searight, Rodney. The Middle East : watercolours and drawings by British and foreign artists and travellers, 1750-1900, from the collection of Rodney Searight, Esq. London, 1971


Oil paint; Panel


Oil painting




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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