The Ottoman interest in royal portraiture expressed itself in the production of illustrated manuscripts and albums containing images of the succession of sultans. This painting, from an album containing a series of similar sultan portraits, has been identified as a depiction of the early seventeenth-century Ottoman sultan Ahmet I.
[ Hagop Kevorkian, New York, until 1944; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Rumi," October 15, 2007–March 5, 2008, no catalogue.
Dimand, Maurice S. "Turkish Art of the Muhammadan Period." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n. s., vol. 2 (1944). p. 212, ill. (b/w).
Grube, Ernst J. "from Collections in the United States and Canada." In Muslim Miniature Paintings from the XIII to XIX Century. Venice: N. Pozza, 1962. no. 85, pp. 107-108, ill. pl. 85 (b/w).