PORTRAIT OF MUSTAPHA, EAST INDIAN PRINCELING
PORTRAIT OF CHARLES WISE
SN 398 & 399, oil on canvas
From "The Pages"
[Both paintings were formerly attributed to Johan Zoffany. No further information at this
In each of the two portraits a young boy is the subject. They are dressed exactly alike in
long robes; heavy gilt braid bars form the closing across the chest. The boys wear
identical white turbans, and pointed Turkish slippers. Each is posed against a table
dressed with a floor-length, gilt-fringed cover.
In the portrait labeled Mustapha, a dog on his hind legs pleads for attention
from the Princeling. In the pendant portrait, the younger-looking Charles Wise holds the
leash of a dog sitting on a cushion. His stance is somewhat challenging, and his left hand
rests on his hip.
Both portraits are part of the original Ringling bequest of 1936.