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A HORSE AND GROOM

A HORSE AND GROOM

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Provincial Mughal, India, c. 1750

Opaque pigment on paper heightened with gold

Image 7 1/4 x 11 in. (18.4 x 27.8 cm.)
Folio 10 1/2 x 13 3/8 in. (26.7 x 34.1 cm.)

‘Horse and groom pictures have a long tradition in Islamic art, which passed to Mughal painting with `Abd al-Samad, an inveterate painter of horses. From the start, whether the groom was sleeping beside the horse or brushing it, such studies imply the existence of the master who owns the horse, invariably a powerful stallion, and for whose appearance the horse and groom are prepared at all times. Additionally, such paintings may have served a practical purpose as portraits by which horses in the royal stud could be identified. The drawing would have been placed in an album and it is tempting to think that some albums were uniquely devoted to pictures of important breeding horses.’ (Sheila R. Canby, Princes, Poets and Paladins, Islamic and Indian paintings from the collection of Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan, London, 1998, p. 118)

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