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Mirza Abu’l Hassan Khan was sent to the court of King George III in 1809 by the Shah of Persia, to help negotiate a treaty of alliance between Great Britain and Persia (now Iran). He became a figure of fascination, and many parties were held in his honour. By this time Beechey was known as one of the foremost portrait painters of his day and painted two recorded portraits of this sitter. In his diplomatic diary Abu’l Hassan describes visiting Beechey’s house in Harley Street and his joy at meeting his children.
oil on canvas
H 144.2 x W 137.8 cm
CVCSC : 0358.B