The best-known painter by the name of Mehdi is recorded as a portrait painter of the Qajar period working in oil, water-colours and siyah qalam. From his recorded work it is understood that he was the Chief Painter (naqqash-bashi) during the later part of the reign of Nasir al-Din Shah and was the Royal painter (naqqash-makhsus) under Muzaffar al-Din Shah, from whom he received the title Musawwir al-Mulk in AH 1314/AD 1896-97. His recorded works are dated between AH 1309/AD 1891-92 and AH 1322/AD 1904-05, many in the Gulistan Palace in Tehran. (See M. A. Karimzadeh Tabrizi, The Lives & Art of Old Painters of Iran, vol. 3, London 1991, pp. 1247-51).
68 cm / 27"
/ 23 "
/ 3 "
Oil on canvas
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