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Akbar II in darbar with the British Resident Charles Metcalfe

Annotation

Attributed to the Mughal court artist, Ghulam Murtaza Khan (active 1809–30), this painting depicts British Resident Charles Metcalfe (1785-1846) in attendance at the court of Akbar II, who ruled Mughal India from 1806-37. Depicted in a monochromatic outfit with a European-style hat, Metcalfe's figure stands in sharp contrast with the colorful outfits of the court's other courtiers. Despite the stark difference in dress, Metcalfe is shown conforming to Mughal court protocols by leaning on a staff like many of the other courtiers depicted in Akbar II's court.

Ghulam Murtaza Khan, Akbar II in darbar with the British Resident Charles Metcalfe, ca. 1811-15

Credits

Cincinnati Art Museum, The William T. and Louise Taft Semple Collection, Accession No: 1962.458

Asia Society. "Emperors and White Mughals." Accessed July 11, 2021. http://sites.asiasociety.org/princesandpainters/emperors-and-white-mughals/

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