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Album page - The Mughal Emperor and his Court

The Mughal Emperor and his Court

  • Object:

    Album page

  • Place of origin:

    Faizabad (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1774 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

The emperor seated on his small throne (takht, centre top) with his main court officials, his thrones, standard, canopies, parasols, musical instruments.

Place of Origin

Faizabad (made)


ca. 1774 (made)



Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed with notes relating to the illustrations and a list of contents giving Gentil's title and a brief description for each folio. Inscribed inside front cover.


Length: 37 cm, Width: 53.5 cm

Object history note

The Gentil Album: fifty-eight pages of drawings bound into a worn leather cover.
By various Indian Artists, including Nevasi Lal and Mohan Singh.

Dalrymple, William and Sharma, Yuthika (eds). Princes and Painters in Mughal Delhi, 1707-1857. New York : Asia Society ; New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, 2012. ISBN 9780300176667 ; 030017666X. p. 25 Fig.1.

Descriptive line

Gentil; Manuscripts, Col J B J Gentil, Faizabad, ca. 1774. Page number 1. The emperor seated on his small throne, with officials. Preceding this page are three text pages ('Avis', 'Recueil...' and 'Table des dessins') and another page with text beginning 'Cette planche represente' which relates to page 1 (IS.25:1-1980). The text on the back of page 1 (entitled 'fete de l'avenement au trosne') relates to the next image, page 2 (IS.25:2-1980).

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

Archer, Mildred. Company Paintings Indian Paintings of the British period
Victoria and Albert Museum Indian Series London: Victoria and Albert Museum, Maplin Publishing, 1992 118 p. ISBN 0944142303
Fig 6, pages 28/29
Susan Stronge, Nima Smith, and J.C. Harle. A Golden Treasury : Jewellery from the Indian Subcontinent London : Victoria and Albert Museum in association with Mapin Publishing, Ahmedabad, 1988. ISBN: 0944142168



Subjects depicted

Musical instruments; Throne; Emperor; Parasols; Officials; Canopies


South & South East Asia Collection

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