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A FINE LEAF FROM THE IMPEY ALBUM BY ZAIN AL-DIN
 

A blossom-headed parakeet on a branch of a Karonda shrub

By Zain al-Din, painted for Lady Impey

Calcutta, dated 1777

Watercolour and gum arabic on Whatman paper, watermarked J WHATMAN, the verso with the black ink Impey seal, lined in conservation paper, the number 22 written in ink at the upper left

18 5/8 by 23 5/8 in., 47.3 by 60 cm., framed and glazed

 

Inscriptions

Inscribed at lower left in Persian in nasta’liq:

Karundika derakht (‘Karonda tree’).  Faridi tuta. 

And in English:

Parrot of Frid (the Dervise) Female.  In the Collection of Lady Impey in Calcutta. Painted by Zain al-Din [in Persian] Native of Patna 1777

 

Provenance
Sir Elijah (1732-1809) and Lady Impey (1749-1818), Calcutta and London

Lady Impey, sale at Phillips, London, 21 May 1810

Colnaghi, London, 1980s

Private collection, London, 1980s-2014

Private collection, 2014-2020

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