An Old Man
Indian portrait paintings often depict their subjects standing in profile against a plain backdrop. In this delicate portrait an unidentified older man wears relatively humble clothing: he lacks jewelry, a sword, or the decorative sash usually sported by courtiers of the period. The emphasis of the painting seems to be on the sensitive rendering of his wrinkled face and on the unusual purple sack that he carries over one shoulder. It is likely that this man was an honored artist or scholar, someone worth celebrating in a courtly portrait but not a member of the aristocracy.
Opaque watercolor on paper
sheet: 9 3/8 x 5 7/16 in. (23.8 x 13.8 cm)
image: 7 x 4 7/8 in. (17.8 x 12.4 cm) (show scale)
Verso, in English: "the physician to the King (the Great...Akbar?) [these last three words are cut off]
Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam
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Indian. An Old Man, ca. 1730. Opaque watercolor on paper, sheet: 9 3/8 x 5 7/16 in. (23.8 x 13.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam, 32.1322 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 32.1322_IMLS_PS4.jpg)
overall, 32.1322_IMLS_PS4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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