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Shah Abbas and Khan Alam

  • Object:

    Painting, mughal, c.1800

  • Place of origin:

    Delhi (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of Lady Rothenstein and Art Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, in opaque watercolour and gold on paper, depicting the meeting of Shah Abbas of Iran and the Mughal ambassador Khan Alam; Shah Abbas is on the right. Below the Ambassador are Isha Khan Torchi Basi in yellow and Sharim Khaji in white. Below Shah Abbas ins Isphandier Beg in pale purple and wearing gloves.

Place of Origin

Delhi (made)


ca. 1800 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper


Height: 382 mm, Width: 263 mm, Height: 270 mm image inside innermost painted border, Width: 170 mm image inside innermost painted border

Object history note

From the collection of Sir William Rothenstein. Purchased by the museum from Lady Rothenstein with the assistance of the National Art Collections Fund.

Descriptive line

Painting, Shah Abbas of Iran meeting Mughal ambassador Khan Alam, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Delhi, ca. 1800, based on ca. 1620 original

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

O.C. Gangoly, "An Historical Miniature of the Jahangir School", Rupam I (4) pp 8-11 discusses two related paintings.
Crill, Rosemary, A lost Mughal Miniature Rediscovered, pps. 331-336
The V&A Album 4 London: 1985 Number: ISBN 0948107162


Opaque watercolour; Paint; Paper; Gold



Subjects depicted

Meeting; Ruler; Ambassador


Paintings; Royalty; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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