"Portrait of a Persian Lady", Folio from the Davis Album, Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

"Portrait of a Persian Lady", Folio from the Davis Album

Object Name:
Illustrated album leaf
ca. 1736–37
Attributed to Iran
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Page: H. 13 1/8 in. (33.3 cm)
W. 8 1/4in. (21cm)
Mat: H. 19 in. (48.3 cm)
W. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Accession Number:
Not on view
This folio depicts a lady seated on a balcony before an expansive landscape. The artist has used European techniques of modeling and shading in rendering the face, neck, and hands. The landscape in the background incorporates the use of perspective, a technique adopted by Iranian court painters in the mid‑seventeenth century.
Marking: Date at the top: "114[?]" (the fourth digit appears to be a 9, which would give us the following date: 1736–37)
Theodore M. Davis, New York (by 1914–d. 1915; bequeathed to MMA)
Robinson, Basil William. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Persian Paintings in the Bodleain Library. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1958. 180-181, ill. pl.. XL.

Mahboubian, Mehdi. "The Mahboubian Collection." In Treasures of Persian Art after Islam. New York: Plantin Press, 1970. no. 1481, ill. fig. 1481, (related).

Ettinghausen, Richard. "Islamic Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 33, no. 1 (Spring 1975). ill. p. 31 (color).