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Art Historian Mark Zebrowski Dies

September 3, 1999

LONDON (AP) _ Art historian Mark Zebrowski, a leading expert on the Islamic art of India, has died of cancer at the age of 54.

Zebrowski, who was born and educated in the United States but lived for many years in Britain, died Aug. 22 at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

He grew up in Enfield, Mass., and went to India when he joined the Peace Corps in 1967.

While he was teaching English at a school in Karimnagar in south-central India, he became interested in the intricate silverwork of the area and the artwork of the Deccani sultanate, which had its capital in nearby Hyderabad _ now the capital of Andhra Pradesh state.

Zebrowski later moved to Paris, where he studied at the Musee Guimet, and in 1970 went to study at Harvard University.

His 1983 thesis, ``Deccani Painting,″ became the standard work on the subject.

In its obituary, The Times newspaper called the work ``a book of rare synthesis and brilliance.″

Zebrowski, who also contributed to academic journals and exhibition catalogs, moved to London in the 1970s.

In 1997, he wrote another book, ``Gold, Silver and Bronze from Mughal India.″ He completed his last book, ``The Architecture and Art of the Deccan Sultanates,″ written with George Mitchell, this year while gravely ill with cancer.

``He was generous with his scholarship, and his mind knew no borders and embraced all cultures,″ The Times said.

Zebrowski is survived by Robert Alderman, his companion of almost 30 years.

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