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Miniature - Portrait of Hyder Beg Khan, the Minister to the Nawab of A Wadh, Asaf-Au-Daula
  • Portrait of Hyder Beg Khan, the Minister to the Nawab of A Wadh, Asaf-Au-Daula
    Humphry, Ozias
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Portrait of Hyder Beg Khan, the Minister to the Nawab of A Wadh, Asaf-Au-Daula

  • Object:

    Miniature

  • Place of origin:

    India (painted)

  • Date:

    1786 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Humphry, Ozias (R.A.), born 1742 - died 1810 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on ivory

  • Credit Line:

    Alan Evans Bequest, given by the National Gallery

  • Museum number:

    EVANS.142

  • Gallery location:

    Portrait Miniatures, Room 90a, The International Music and Art Foundation Gallery, case 12

During the late 18th century a number of British artists--miniaturists, oil painters, watercolourists--went to India to work for the expatriate British community and local Indian dignitaries and royalty. Many, such as Ozias Humphry, believed that India would provide them not only with a better living than could be had in the crowded market of London, but indeed a fortune.

Humphry resolved to go to India upon hearing that at that time there was no ‘tolerable miniature painter’there. The East India Company granted him permission to travel and to paint miniatures on the boat over to cover his costs. But Humphry's experience of India proved to be a bitter one, culminating in his suing the crew for lost earnings on his voyage home, only three years later, when his cabin was too small for him to use as a studio. The fact was that the expatriate community certainly wanted their miniatures painted--there was much exchange of letters and miniatures on the mail ships that went back and forth. But the richest patrons, the Indian princes, were remiss in paying for the work. One nawab owed Humphry for seven months work, but since he also owed the East India Company money, the company's claim was put first.

The work is inscribed on the back of the ivory, probably in the artist's hand, "Hyder Beg Khan / the minister of [...] Asoph ul Dowlah / 1786 / Lucknow" (The current spelling is 'Asaf-Au-Daula').

Physical description

Oval miniature set in a rectangular frame. Portrait of a man wearing white robes and turban, seated between two pillars. He appears to hold a piece of paper (textile?) with a red seal attached. The work is inscribed on the back of the ivory, probably in the artist's hand, "Hyder Beg Khan / the minister of [...] Asoph ul Dowlah / 1786 / Lucknow".

Place of Origin

India (painted)

Date

1786 (painted)

Artist/maker

Humphry, Ozias (R.A.), born 1742 - died 1810 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on ivory

Dimensions

Height: 89 mm, Width: 75 mm

Descriptive line

Portrait miniature of Haidar Beg Khan, Minister to Asaf-Ud-Daula, Nawab of Oudh (Avadh), dated 1786, painted on ivory, by Ozias Humphry, R.A. (1742-1810).; Humphrey, Ozias

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

Summary Catalogue of Miniatures in the Victoria and Albert Museum, Emmett Microform, 1981

Materials

Ivory

Techniques

Painting

Subjects depicted

Turban

Categories

Portraits; Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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