The first ever exhibition devoted to Indian portraits at the National Portrait Galley in London has opened to the public.
It brings together 60 portraits from collections in the UK, US and Europe, which tell the story of the Indian portrait over three centuries.
They are a record of a rich and complex history, embracing influences from Iran and Europe as well as local Hindu and Muslim traditions.
The works range from formal portraits of the Mughal emperors to studies of courtiers and holy men.
Important loans include two pages from the Padshahnama made for Shah Jahan, now in the Royal Collection.
Sandy Nairne, director of the National Portrait Gallery, said: "These beautiful paintings offer glimpses into the cultures that have flourished in the Indian subcontinent."
The Indian Portrait 1560-1860 runs at the National Portrait Gallery until 20 June 2010.
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