Stuart Cary Welch’s collection of Persian, Turkish, and Indian art is renowned throughout the world for its quality and depth. In 1999 Welch made a generous gift of drawings from his collection to the Harvard University Art Museums. Spanning ﬁve centuries and a region extending from Istanbul to Calcutta, the drawings represent the great empires of the Ottomans in Turkey, the Safavids in Iran, and the Mughals in India. This book presents more than 70 superb drawings—some of them among the greatest Indian, Persian, or Turkish drawings ever made—and explores connections between the arts and artists of the three cultures. Welch himself oﬀers an engaging account of his trials and triumphs in assembling this unparalleled collection.
Stuart Cary Welch is curator of Islamic and Later Indian Art, emeritus, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University Art Museums; Kimberly Masteller is assistant curator of Islamic and Later Indian art at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum; Mary McWilliams is Norma Jean Calderwood Curator of Islamic and Later Indian Art at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum; Craigen W. Bowen is deputy director and Philip and Lynn Straus Conservator of Works on Paper at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard University Art Museums.
Funding for the catalogue has been provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Publication Fund.
This catalogue is published in conjunction with an exhibition organized by the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, and held at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco–Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture (September 17–November 28, 2004), and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum (March 19–June 12, 2005)