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Reference number

Vol 145

Purpose

Sir John Soane's Album, of Indian miniatures and calligraphy, assembled soon after 1810

Inscribed

The binding is lettered on the spine Collection of Drawings Costume &c of the Persians

Medium and dimensions

Many of the interleaves are of Whatman paper watermarked with the date 1810. 400 x 310 mm.

Notes

This album of Indian miniatures and calligraphy was assembled in England soon after 1810. A number of the folios bear the seal of Sir Elijah Impey, Chief Justice of Bengal 1774-1783, who made a substantial collection of miniatures during his residence in India. His collection was dispersed at auction by H. Phillips of 73 New Bond Street on 21 May 1810. Soane bought the album at the sale of the effects of James Perry, 21 February 1823.

The binding of English gilt morocco is lettered on the spine Collection of Drawings Costume &c of the Persians. It also bears Sir John Soane's bookplate. Many of the interleaves are of Whatman paper watermarked with the date 1810. There is a manuscript title: A Collection of Original Drawings Illustrating the Costumes, Manners, & Amusement of the Persians. Nevertheless, most of the album's contents are of Indian origin. 37 folios, mostly Mughal, 18th century. 400 x 310 mm. Assembled in England, c.1810-20.

Level

Drawing

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