The first portrait of Abulkhair-khan
He recorded the events of the day in the dim light emitted by a flickering candle late in the evening. Abulkhair Khan had given an audience, during which they were drinking horse milk and eating thinly sliced meat, engaged in a pleasant conversation. The language barrier did not pose any obstacles to their conversation. A well-prepared improvisation during dinner was a great surprise for everyone. Abulkahir’s people were enchanted with the play of light and shadow in the picture which was being drawn. Abulkhair smiled as he was not used to posing for pictures. It was the first time that an artist had drawn Kazakh royalty. He drew life itself with pastels.