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An Orange–Headed Ground Thrush and a Death's-Head Moth on an Orchid Branch

Artist:
Shaikh Zain al–Din
Object Name:
Illustrated album leaf
Date:
1778
Geography:
India
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Opaque water color and ink on paper
Dimensions:
Painting: H. 23.5 in. (59.7 cm) W. 31.5 in. (80 cm) Mat: H. 30 in. (76.2 cm) W. 40 in. (101.6 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 2012
Accession Number:
2012.7
Not on view
This painting comes from the Impey Album, formed by the Chief Justice of Bengal, Sir Elijah Impey, and his wife, Lady Mary, who employed a group of local artists to record the birds, animals, and flora of the menagerie they maintained at their Calcutta house. The original album comprised 326 paintings; many pages were distinctively inscribed in Persian with the name of the artist, and in English in Lady Impey’s hand. Shaikh Zain al-Din is considered the best of the three artists who worked on the album.
Signature: Shaikh Zain al–Din

Inscription: "In the Collection of Lady Impey in Calcutta. Painted by [in Persian] Shaikh Zain al–Din Native of Patna 1778."
Sir Elijah and Lady Impey, Calcutta (1778–his d. 1810; sale Phillips Auction Room,London, May 21, 1810); [ Eyre and Hobhouse, London, until 1983]; Private collection, USA (1983–2012); [ Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch Ltd., London, 2012; sold to MMA]
Eyre, Giles, and Niall Hobhouse. Indian Painting, 1760–1870. London: Eyre and Hobhouse, 1983.



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