Jahangir’s love of Painting



Mughal Emperor Jahangir was a great patron of painting from the days of his Viceroyalty. He patronised many great painters of the time including Mansoor, Abul Hasan, Daswant and Basawan. He acknowledged that his liking for painting was so strong that he was able to judge which painter had executed which work . He also stated that if there was a picture containing many portraits drawn by different artists he was able to identify the artists from the stroke of the brushes.

Once, British Ambassador Thomas Roe arrived in the court of Jahangir and the Emperor asked him to identify the original European Painting placed alongside five copies of it, made by the Indians. This completely foxed the Ambassador much to the delight of the Emperor highlighting the artistic merit of the Indian painters.

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