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Creator Tilly Kettle, 1735–1786, British, active in India (1769–76)
Title Shuja-ud-Daula, Nawab of Oudh
Alternate Title(s) Shuja-ud-Daulah, Nawab of Awadh, holding a bow
Date 1772
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 50 × 40 inches (127 × 101.6 cm) Frame: 55 × 45 3/4 inches (139.7 × 116.2 cm)
Inscribed in black ink, on a label on the back of the canvas: “Portrait of Sygah Dowlah nabob vizier and Prince of Oude / an ally of Warren Hastings and who for / half a million sterling was to be furnished with / English troops to subjugate the Rohihas and add them to his own dominions / After the death of Sujah Dowlah his son Asapul-Dowlah, a licentious and indolent man, having fallen in arrears of his father’s engagement to the Government, the mother and wife of Sugah Dowlah, known as the principles of Oude, who were supposed to have treasures to the value of three millions sterling, were shut up in their beautiful palace Fyzabad and endured great sufferings until the money was paid. / From the Collection of the late H. C. Plowden. Esq./ of Newtown Park/ Lymington, Hampshire.”; Label on verso, upper left: “Pitt & Scott Ltd | London | [handwritten] Mellon | 81 | [typed] <99991>”
Credit Line Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Accession Number B1976.7.48
Collection Paintings and Sculpture
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People Represented or Subject • Shuja ud-Daula (d. 1775), nawab of Oudh
Subject Terms bow | brocade | column (architectural element) | costume | fur | gold | hat | man | Mughal | Oudh | people | portrait

Mildred Archer, India and British Portraiture, 1770-1825, Sotheby Parke Bernet, London, 1979, pp. 78, 492, fig. 30, ND 1327 I44 A72 (YCBA)

Morna O'Neill, Company Culture:, British Artists and the East India Company 1770-1830: October 16, 2003-January 11, 2004, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2003, no. 8, V 1199 (YCBA)

Stephen Markel, India's fabled city, the art of courtly Lucknow, Prestel, Munich New York, 2010, pp. 17, 252, no. 1, 1, N7308 L83 M37 2010 + (YCBA)

C. A. Bayly, The Raj, India and the British, 1600-1947, National Portrait Gallery, London, 1990, pp. 80-1, cat. no. 77, DS428 R25 1990 (YCBA)

Stuart Cary Welch, The British view of India, selected English paintings from the Paul Mellon collection, American Federation of Arts, New York, 1978, N8214.5 I5 B75 1978 (YCBA)

Susan Dunne, Nicola Hicks finds expressive matches, Hartford Courant, Hartford, December 8, 2013, pp. G1, G6, Available online : Orbis and Proquest Digital Microfilm

John McAleer, Picturing India People, Places, and the World of the East India Company, The British Library, London, p. 141, fig. 4.4, N8214.5.I5 M43 2017 (YCBA)

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