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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Folio 41 from an Album of Artists' Drawings from Qajar Iran: Four sheets: Pen box design with reclining females and attendants in landscape (top), Portrait bust of Muhammad Shah Qajar (center), European woman with bouquet and shawl (center), Pen box design with reclining females and attendants in landscape, divided by medallions (bottom) (recto); The Binding of Isaac (verso)
Work Type
album folio
Qajar period
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Physical Descriptions

Left: Brown counterproof, brown ink and graphite on off-white wove paper (recto); Top middle: graphite on off-white wove paper (recto); Bottom middle: black counterproof on off-white wove paper; pricked (recto); Right: Black counterproof, red ink and watercolor on laid paper; pricked and verso rubbed with red chalk (recto); Brown ink on brown laid paper, oiled for transparency (verso)
Folio: 32.5 x 22 cm
Recto: sheet at left: 21.7 x 3.6 cm; sheet at top: 9 x 6.5 cm; sheet at bottom: 7.5 x 6.9 cm; sheet at right: 23.8 x 4.2 cm
Inscriptions and Marks
  • watermark: Recto: sheet at right: watermark: horse and eagle, letters GM (partial)

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Alpheus Hyatt Purchasing Fund
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Asian and Mediterranean Art

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Publication History

  • Massumeh Farhad and Mary McWilliams, ed., A Collector’s Passion: Ezzat-Malek Soudavar and Persian Lacquer, Harvard Art Museums and Freer/Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution (Cambridge, MA/Washington, D.C., 2017), pp. 33-34, fig. 11
  • David Roxburgh, ed., An Album of Artists' Drawings from Qajar Iran, Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2017), pp. 26, 45, 57, 62, 70, 72, 74-76, 88, 93, 97, ill.; p. 114; folios 41a-b
  • David Roxburgh and Mary McWilliams, ed., Technologies of the Image: Art in 19th-Century Iran, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2017), pp. 35-37, fig. 21; pp. 138-139, cat. 19

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