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Shah Jahan

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Mughal Empire (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1620 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Shah Jahan seated under a canopy, holding one of his four sons. The child may be Aurangzeb, born in the autumn of 1618.

Place of Origin

Mughal Empire (made)


ca. 1620 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper


Height: 19 cm, Width: 13.6 cm

Object history note

Formerly in the collections of Warren Hastings (Govenor-General of India 1774-1785) and Captain E. G. Spencer-Churchill. Sold to the museum (with other paintings in the Spencer-Churchill collection) in 1965.

Descriptive line

Painting, Shah Jahan, holding son, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Mughal, ca. 1620

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

Swallow, Deborah and John Guy eds. Arts of India: 1550-1900. text by Rosemary Crill, John Guy, Veronica Murphy, Susan Stronge and Deborah Swallow. London : V&A Publications, 1990. 240 p., ill. ISBN 1851770224, p.93, no.70.


Paint; Opaque watercolour; Paper; Gold



Subjects depicted

Emperors; Children (people by age group); Canopy


Paintings; Royalty; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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