London, The National Portrait Gallery

This is the venerable institution’s first ever exhibition devoted to Indian portraits, and aims to show that Indian portraiture – an area of artistic achievement overlooked in Britain – should be seen alongside other outstanding portraits from around the world.

Sixty outstanding portraits drawn from international public and private collections tell the story of the Indian portrait over three centuries. From formal portraits of the Mughal emperors to penetrating studies of courtiers and holy men as well as candid depictions by Indian artists of Europeans living in India. Of the several important loans on display, one such example is a pair of images of the Mughal courtier Inayat Khan close to death, which have never previously been shown together in the UK.

A rich season of artistic and literary events are planned surrounding the exhibition including a masterclass with contemporary portrait artists the Singh Twins and a major two-day international conference in partnership with the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).


March 11 through June 20th, 2010

National Portrait Gallery
St Martin's Place
WC2H 0HE London
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