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Embarrassment of riches: South Asian Miniature Painting, at MK Gallery, reviewed

11 November 2023

9:00 AM

11 November 2023

9:00 AM

Beyond the Page: South Asian Miniature Painting and Britain, 1600 to Now

MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, until 28 January, then touring to the Box, Plymouth

In 1633, British merchants travelling east were issued with a royal command from Charles I: ‘As the king has considered that there is a great deal of learning fit to be known written in Arabic, and great scarcity of Arabic and Persian books in this country… every ship… at every voyage shall bring home an Arabic or Persian manuscript book, to be delivered to… the Archbishop of Canterbury, who shall dispose of them as the King shall think fit.

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