Portraits of emperors, their families, and other important figures were collected into imperial albums in Mughal India; this work was originally part of the Late Shah Jahan Album. Identified in the text to his left, Islam Khan Mashhadi, a vizier who served under the emperor as the governor of Bengal and the Deccan, is shown in profile with a shield at his side. He wears fine clothing with distinctly Mughal patterning and carries objects from courtly life. These objects, as well as those appearing with the figures in the borders, provide detailed records of the textiles, jewelry, daggers, and swords of the time.
Inscription: In Persian, along left edge of painting, "Portrait of Islam Khan. Work of Payag"; lower left of painting, "Work of Payag"
Marking: See additional card.
Jack S. Rofe, Scotland (until 1929; his sale, Sotheby's, London, December 12, 1929, no. 506); [ Hagop Kevorkian, New York, by 1953]; [ Kevorkian Foundation, New York, until 1955; sold to MMA]
Beach, Milo. The Art of India and Pakistan. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Institute of the Arts, 1985. no. 22, pp. 27, 37, ill. pl. III (color).
Okada, Amina. Imperial Mughal Painters: Indian Miniatures from the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. Paris: Flammarion, 1992. p. 211, ill. fig. 249 (b/w), w/o border.