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Portrait of Murad Bakhsh (1624–61)

c. 1635; borders c. 1700s

attributed to Balchand

(Indian, active 1595–c. 1650)
Overall: 28.4 x 25.7 cm (11 3/16 x 10 1/8 in.); Painting: 4.3 x 3.5 cm (1 11/16 x 1 3/8 in.)
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This portrait belonged to a cousin of Sir Winston Churchill.

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The miniature portrait of a Mughal prince is now mounted on an album page. Originally, it was in a gemstone setting as a “portrait jewel” to be worn by family and supporters at court. India’s ruling elite had been wearing portrait jewels since Sir Thomas Rowe (about 1581–1655) presented British portrait miniatures and cameos to the Mughal emperor as part of a diplomatic gift in 1616, when he successfully negotiated for British access to India’s ports.
Portrait of Murad Bakhsh (1624–61)

Portrait of Murad Bakhsh (1624–61)

c. 1635; borders c. 1700s

Balchand

(Indian, active 1595–c. 1650)
Mughal India, court of Shah Jahan (reigned 1628–58)

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