John Smart, portrait of Muhammad Ali Khan

John Smart, portrait of Muhammad Ali Khan

John Smart (about 1742-1811)
Portrait of Muhammad Ali Khan, Nawab of Arcot
1781
Watercolour on ivory
Signed lower left, 'J.S.', in monogram, and dated '1787', followed by 'I', indicating that it was painted in India
Museum no. P.13-1930
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Presented by Harry N. Jonas, in memory of his wife, Rosa Maud Jonas

Muhammad Ali Khan was Nawab (ruler) of Arcot and the Carnatic. He mixed frequently with Europeans and commissioned work from western artists living in Madras.