Halakoo Mirza The Persian Prince [also inscription in Arabic].
[London: Graves & Warmsley, 1843.]
Tinted lithograph, 405 x 300mm (16 x 12").
Joseph Nash's portrait of Halaku Mirza was first published in 'Sketches in Turkey, Syria and Egypt', a volume of lithographs from sketches by Sir David Wilkie. The text accompanying the lithograph in 'Sketches' described Halaku Mirza as 'uncle of the reigning Schah of Persia...living at Constantinople on a pension allowed him by the Turkish government. Having been active in political intrigue, his return to his native country would be unwelcome to the existnig power, and dangerous to himself.' Mirza, also called Bahadur Khan, wrote poetry and compiled two tazkireh (biographical dictionaries). He also sat for J.F. Lewis around the same time. Wilkie died at sea in 1841 and 'Sketches in Turkey, Syria and Egypt' was published poshumously in 1843. The plates in that volume are uniform with a 'Second Series' of Wilkie's 'Sketches Spanish and Oriental' (1846). Many of the sketches reproduced therein are studies for oil paintings which Wilkie had planned to produce.
Abbey Travel: 379.7; see also Briony Llewellyn, 'David Wilkie and John Frederick Lewis in Constantinople, 1840: An Artistic Dialogue' in The Burlington Magazine (2003).
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