drawing (art)

Drawing on paper, tinted with watercolours. This example shows a well-to-do woman. She is wearing a chador decorated with embroidery, which she has closed suggesting that she is in a public space. Her chador is tucked under her arms and in her hands she holds a bird. Below this she wears a pink skirt, trousers and slippers. Mounted in a pair in a cardboard frame.

This painting is one of a series of watercolours which depict scenes that are well known in nineteenth century Persian painting and commercial photography. Judging by the fashions worn by the painting’s subjects they were probably painted between 1850 and 1875, quite possibly for sale to tourists. This example shows a well-to-do woman. She is wearing a chador decorated with whitework embroidery, which she has closed suggesting that she is in a public space. Her chador is tucked under her arms and in her hands she holds a bird.

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