This painting depicts the dinner given by the Grand Vizier in honour of an ambassadorial delegation, before its official reception at the Sultan’s Throne Room (Arz Odası). During such dinners held at the Kubbealtı hall, where the Imperial Council of State (Divan-ı Hümayun) also met, the ambassador with dragoman on either side would sit around the same table. The other members of the delegation would sit together with other Ottoman dignitaries. The Anatolian and Rumeli kazasker (supreme judiciary authorities), who have been depicted side by side to the right of the ambassadorial circle at the centre of the painting, would not sit together with the foreigners. In the foreground, the kapıcılar kethüdası with his staff, who is overseeing the provision of food, is visible together with other servants.


  • Title: Dinner at the Palace in Honour of an Ambassador
  • Creator: Jean Baptiste Vanmour
  • Date: 1700/1750
  • Physical Dimensions: w1210 x h900 cm
  • Type: oil on canvas
  • Rights: Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Collection, Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation
  • External Link: Orientalist Paintings Collection
  • Pera Museum: Orientalist Paintings Collection

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