Shah Jahan and Dara Shikoh

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Shah Jahan and Dara Shikoh


Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (Dutch, 1606 - 1669)




about 1654 - 1656


Pen and brown ink and brown wash, heightened with white gouache on Japanese paper


21.3 x 17.8 cm (8 3/8 x 7 in.)

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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn made twenty-five "Indian drawings," based on miniatures from the Mughal Empire that he saw in a Dutch collection and presumably studied over a long period. Adopting some aspects of the extremely precise manner of these miniatures--so unlike his usual loose, evocative style of draftsmanship--Rembrandt nonetheless enlivened the figures' poses by giving them more sense of action than did the Mughal style. Despite their looseness, his lines present the figures in the three-quarter body and profile head view common in Indian painting.

A contemporary of Rembrandt known for his building campaigns and as a patron of art, the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan is recognizable from his characteristic dress and face--and the aureole, which distinguished portrayals of Mughal rulers beginning with his father's reign. This depiction resembles the many portraits in the illustrated history that Shah Jahan commissioned of his reign. In characteristic Mughal fashion, he rather stiffly faces his eldest and most beloved son, Dara Shikoh. The falcon represents the popular courtly sport of hunting, often depicted in Mughal art.


Jonathan Richardson the Elder, British, 1667 - 1745

February 11, 1747

Cock (London, England), [lot 70]

Thomas Hudson

R.F. Symonds

May 10, 1961

Sotheby's (London), [lot 33]

Private Collection

Art Market New York

The Romance of the Taj Mahal (December 17, 1989 to November 4, 1990)
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  • Toledo Museum of Art, (Toledo), April 23 to July 8, 1990
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, (Richmond), August 23 to November 4, 1990
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993) (92)
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Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994) (92)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994
Drapery and Costume in European Drawings of the 15th through the 18th Century (March 28 to June 11, 1995) (92)
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Jonathan Richardson Senior as a Collector of Drawings (November 14, 1995 to January 28, 1996) (92)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), November 14, 1995 to January 28, 1996