Attributed to Rai Kalyan Das (Chitarman II) (active 1715–60)
Illustrated single work
Ink, opaque watercolor, gold on paper
7 7/8 x 9 5/8 in. (20 x 24.4 cm)
Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 2009
Not on view
Muzaffar 'Ali Khan was governor of Ajmer under the emperor Muhammad Shah (r. 1719–48), and was killed in 1739 at the Battle of Karnal. His portrait can be attributed to Rai Kalyan Das, the artist known as Chitarman II, after the legendary artist who had worked for Shah Jahan a century earlier. Under Chitarman II’s guidance, Mughal court painting experienced a resurgence, although the size of the imperial workshop never regained the heights of the earlier period.
Dowell's Auction House, Edinburgh, England, 1930, to Cursiter; Stanley Cursiter, Edingburgh (from 1930); by descentthrough his family (until after 2000); [ Terence McInerney, New York, until 2009; sold to MMA]