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Dr. John Seyller, Professor of Art History, University of Vermont, received his Ph.D.

Dr. John Seyller, Professor of Art History, University of Vermont, received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1986. Since then he has discovered many inscriptions that substantially alter long-established chronologies and has provided an extraordinarily complete account of the mechanisms of the Mughal library and painting workshop. In one exhaustive article (Artibus Asiae, 1997), he opened up an entirely new field with a study of the information recorded in inspection notes written on the flyleaves of hundreds of manuscripts once in the imperial Mughal library. The notes reveal the manuscripts’ source of acquisition, rate of perusal, monetary value, and qualitative ranking (e.g., first class, second grade), thus constituting the most extensive source of contemporary information about Mughal collecting and connoisseurship.

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