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A Qajar Portrait of Two Girls

Photo credit: Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland

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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

London

Title

A Qajar Portrait of Two Girls

Date

c.1811–1814

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 118 x W 174 cm

Accession number

RAS 001.002

Acquisition method

presented by Sir Gore Ouseley, 1828

Work type

Painting

Inscription description

none

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