The subject of this portrait was viceroy of the Deccan and one of Shah Jahan’s leading soldiers. For distinguished service during the conquest of Daulatabad, he received the title "Khan Dauran." By the time of his death in 1645, Khan Dauran had been promoted to the highest imperial rank held by a person of nonroyal blood.
Signature: 18.104.22.168 recto: In Persian in border below calligraphy: The poor Mir 'Ali.
Inscription: 22.214.171.124 verso: In Persian, under portrait (in Shah Jahan's hand): "Portrait of Khan Dauran Bahadur Nusrat Jang, work of Murad" In Persian, on shield: "Work of the servant Murad"
Marking: 126.96.36.199 verso: Margin number '2' is inscribed in the gilt margin.
Jack S. Rofe, Scotland (in 1929; sale, Sotheby's London,December 12, 1929, no. 123, 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. 71 and 72.
Sotheby's: Catalogue of Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures. London: Sotheby's, New York, 1929. no. 123.
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. 71, 72, pp. 225, 227-229, ill., verso pl. 71 (color); recto pl. 72 (color).