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Identification and Creation

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Attributed to Jivan Ram, Indian
Portrait of Poet Momin Khan Momin (recto), Sketch of Begum Samru (verso)
Work Type
c. 1835
Creation Place: South Asia, India, Delhi
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Physical Descriptions

Black ink and opaque watercolor on off-white paper
17 x 11.5 cm (6 11/16 x 4 1/2 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
Stuart Cary Welch (by 1983 - 2008,) by descent; to his estate (2008-2009,) gift; to Harvard Art Museum.

Object was part of long-term loan to Museum in 1983.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Stuart Cary Welch Collection, Gift of Edith I. Welch in memory of Stuart Cary Welch
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Asian and Mediterranean Art

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The recto side of this page features an unfinished portrait of poet, Momin Khan Momin (1800-1851). He was known for his Urdu ghazals, a form of poetry popular on the Indian subcontinent. He is shown here bare-chested and seated cross-legged with his hands in his lap.
The verso side of this page depicts a sketch of Begum Samru (1746-1836) within an oval. Begum Samru was born as Farzana Zeb-un-Nissa. She was a Nautch dancing girl and eventually became the ruler of Sardhana, a small principality near Meerut, a city in Uttar Pradesh. She was head of a professionally trained mercenary army, inherited from her European mercenary husband, Walter Reinhardt Sombre. She took the name Johanna Nobilis Sombre and converted to Catholicism from Islam. She is depicted wearing a hat with a large tassel and a cloak draped over her body.

Publication History

  • Stuart Cary Welch and Kim Masteller, From Mind, Heart, and Hand: Persian, Turkish, and Indian Drawings from the Stuart Cary Welch Collection, exh. cat., Yale University Press (New Haven, 2004), pp.118-120, no. 33

Exhibition History

  • From Mind, Heart, and Hand: Persian, Turkish, and Indian Drawings from SCWelch, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 03/19/2005 - 06/02/2005

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