The sitter of the portrait was governor of Lahore, and later became governor of Kabul and Kandahar after the latter was captured from the Safavids of Iran in 1637–38. Many portraits of the nobles who served under Jahangir and Shah Jahan were collected in this album; typical is the positioning of the figure against a plain green ground and the use of the profile view.
Signature: 22.214.171.124 verso: In Persian, in corner triangle of upper rectangle: The poor Mir 'Ali.
Inscription: 126.96.36.199 recto: In Persian, under portrait (in Shah Jahan's hand): "Portrait of Qilich Khan, governor of Qandahar Fort, work of La'lchand"
Marking: 188.8.131.52 recto: Margin number '3' is inscribed in the gilt margin.
Jack S. Rofe, Scotland (in 1929; sale, Sotheby's London,December 12, 1929, no. 122, to Kevorkian); Hagop Kevorkian, New York, from 1929]; [ Kevorkian Foundation, New York, until 1955; gift and sale to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Emperor's Album: Images of Mughal India," October 21, 1987–February 14, 1988, nos. 69 and 70.
Sotheby's: Catalogue of Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures. London: Sotheby's, New York, 1929. no. 122.
Welch, Stuart Cary, Annemarie Schimmel, Marie Lukens Swietochowski, and Wheeler M. Thackston. The Emperors' Album: Images of Mughal India. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. no. nos. 69, 70, pp. 222-224, 226, ill., verso pl. 69 (b/w); recto pl. 70 (color).