Portrait of Hajji Mirza Aghasi Seated in a Chair

Era: Qajar Period, Persia
Date: 1840 (circa)
Materials and Techniques: Opaque watercolor on paper.
Dimensions: width: 16.5 cm. height: 23.5 cm
Kept in British Museum, London, UK
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This painting is a portrait of Hajji Mirza Aghasi seated in a chair, covered by a large cream cloak. He is placed before a cloudy sky and dark landscape. Hajji Mirza Aghasi is a controversial figure in Iranian history. He served as Prime Minister to Muhammad Shah from 1835-48. Despite civil unrest and threats of domination, Hajji Mirza Aghasi maintained his position until the end of Muhammad Shah's reign. His placement before a cloudy sky and dark landscape is typical of the mid-19th century.