The Hunt as Metaphor in Mughal Painting, 1556-1707

By Adeela Qureshi

ased on her PhD thesis completed with the support of the Soudavar Memorial Foundation, Adeela Qureshi discusses in this book the development of the Mughal style, the illustration of manuscripts and the transition from manuscript illustration to single page paintings and album leaves. All these aspects are discussed in the context of natural history illustration, focusing on animals of the hunt. The influence of northern European scientific natural history illustration on Mughal painting is also touched upon.

Dr Adeela Qureshi completed her DPhil in Oriental Studies at Wadham College, Oxford in 2010. The subject of her research was ‘The Hunt as Metaphor in Mughal Painting, 1556-1707’. Previously, she was awarded, an MA in Islamic Art History by the London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and an MPhil in Medieval European Art History by Christie’s Education and the University of Glasgow. Prior to the MPhil, she received a BFA in Miniature Painting from the National College of Arts in Lahore, where she was trained in the traditional manner of manuscript illustration by masters who are still to be found in the Islamic world.