On 7 February 1715, the Persian envoy Mehmet Reza Bey and his retinue arrived in Paris to pay a visit to Louis xiv. The visit had great resonance in the city. Watteau sketched many of the members of the embassy during their six-month stay, vividly portraying their exotic clothing in drawings of red and black chalk. He drew this slender young man with a thin mustache wearing a peaked fur-trimmed cap and cloak at least twice. A second sheet with the same man seated on a chair is in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Watermark: none visible through lining.