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Nasir al-Din Haidar (King of Oudh 1827-37) at dinner with a British official and his wife

Nasir al-Din Haidar (King of Oudh 1827-37) at dinner with a British official and his wife

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Gouache

Date: 1831

Shelfmark: Add.Or.2599

Item number: 2599

Length: 35

Width: 25

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Painting

Goache painting of Nasir al-Din Haidar (King of Oudh 1827-37) by an anonymous artist working in the Lucknow style in c.1831. Inscribed on the back in pencil: 'All the drawings in this Book were found by me in the 'Kaiser Bagh', a Royal Palace in Lucknow in the begining of -/58 - after the Capture - I.G.'

Nasir al-Din Haidar is seen seated at a table with a British officer on his left and an English lady on his right; the King's hand rests on the Englishman's hand. The table is spread with glasses and dishes. There is a group of Indian ministers standing on the left and two dancing-girls and two musicians standing on the right. In the background is an elaborately stuccoed doorway with chandeliers and glass shades; in the foreground a fountain and flower beds. The British officer is most likely Lord Bentinck, Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief (1828-35). He and his wife visited Nasir al-Din in April 1831. However, Bentinck was an old man in 1831, and this man is painted as much younger. Modaunt Ricketts, Resident in Lucknow (1822-30) is most likely the gentleman standing behind the table.

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