Fath ‘Ali Shah (1797-1834) 2nd Qajar Shah of Iran

Ahmad

Oil on canvas

1832-33
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Iran
    City: Tehran
    Place: British Embassy
  • About the artist
    Ahmad was a Persian painter, specialising in oil portraits of the Qajar rulers Fath ‘Ali Shah (reigned 1797-1834) and Muhammad (reigned 1834-48). He may have been a pupil of Persian artist Mihr ‘Ali (active c.1795-1830). He made two early portraits of Fath ‘Ali Shah: one of 1818-19 (untraced) depicts the ruler in armour, seated in a throne; a second was in the Government Art Collection. His later works became more European in style and include three portraits of Muhammad: an 1841 version (sold through Tajan, Paris, in 2006); an 1844 painting of Muhammad reviewing his troops (Gulistan Palace Library, Tehran) and an 1846 head and shoulders portrait (Firuz private collection). Two paintings of female acrobats have also been attributed to him.
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    Artist
    Ahmad
    Title
    Fath ‘Ali Shah (1797-1834) 2nd Qajar Shah of Iran
    Date
    1832-33
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 163.00 cm, width: 165.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Origin uncertain - probably presented by the sitter or his family
    Inscription
    bl: Ahmad 1248
    Provenance
    Probably presented by the sitter or his family to the British Ambassador to Persia (Iran), early 19C.
    GAC number
    5230