The Chester Beatty Library
Hegira c. 1020-50 / AD 1612–40
CBL In 07A
Coloured pigments and gold on paper
38.9 x 27.2 cm
The Minto Album is a collection of forty, now loose folios, divided between the Chester Beatty Library (nineteen) and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (twenty-one). It includes some of the finest Mughal paintings ever produced and consists mainly of standing portraits of emperors and other individuals important at court. The paintings included here depict Jahangir (r. 1605–27) holding a globe, Shah Jahan (r. 1627–58) in an orange robe, Shah Jahan and his sons, Mu‘in al-Din Chisti, spiritual guide of the Mughals, and a religious scholar identified by inscription as Muhammad Riza Kashmiri. The magnificent floral borders that surround each painting are as impressive as the paintings themselves.
"Minto Album" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;ir;Mus21;43;en&id=portraits
MWNF Working Number: IR 43