Portrait of Farrukh Khan Amin al-Dawla Kashi
Abu`l Hasan Ghaffari, known as Sani' al-Mulk Iranian
Not on view
This small pencil drawing is a portrait of Farrukh Khan Amin al-Dawla (1812–71), a reform-minded high-ranking Qajar official from Kashan under Nasir al-Din Shah Qajar (the fourth ruler of the Qajar dynasty, 1848–96). Painted by the renowned court painter, Abu’l Hasan Ghaffari, known as Saniʿ al-Mulk, it represents a glimpse into the artist’s practice, as it may have been a preparatory drawing for a painting. It shows the artist’s deft hand at producing sensitively rendered portraits of extraordinary immediacy that reflect an interest in photography and European conventions of portrait painting.
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