Art UK has updated its cookies policy. By using this website you are agreeing to the use of cookies. To find out more read our updated Use of Cookies policy and our updated Privacy policy.

A Qajar Portrait of Two Girls

Photo credit: Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland

How you can use this image

This image can be used for non-commercial research or private study purposes, and other UK exceptions to copyright permitted to users based in the United Kingdom under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended and revised. Any other type of use will need to be cleared with the rights holder(s).

Review the copyright credit lines that are located underneath the image, as these indicate who manages the copyright (©) within the artwork, and the photographic rights within the image.

The collection that owns the artwork may have more information on their own website about permitted uses and image licensing options.

Review our guidance pages which explain how you can reuse images, how to credit an image and how to find images in the public domain or with a Creative Commons licence available.


Add or edit a note on this artwork that only you can see. You can find notes again by going to the ‘Notes’ section of your account.

A Persian painting of two girls from the Qajar period. One holds a fruit in one hand and a glass in the other hand, the other plays a stringed instrument. Both are elaborately dressed. In Persia at this time paintings of this type were commonly displayed in niches around a room, with a single figure in each painting. This particular painting would probably have been cut down the middle to make two separate paintings, as the line where it would have been divided can be made out. It was probably purchased by Sir Gore Ouseley between 1811 and 1814 when he was Ambassador Extraordinary to the Persian court, perhaps bought direct from the artist before he divided the piece into two.

Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland



A Qajar Portrait of Two Girls




oil on canvas


H 118 x W 174 cm

Accession number

RAS 001.002

Acquisition method

presented by Sir Gore Ouseley, 1828

Work type


Inscription description



This artwork does not have any tags yet. You can help by tagging artworks on Tagger.

Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland

14 Stephenson Way, London, Greater London NW1 2HD England

Not all locations are open to the public. Please contact the gallery or collection for more information
View venue