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An open Muslim tomb within a courtyard in the country, with bullocks working a water wheel in the foreground

An open Muslim tomb within a courtyard in the country, with bullocks working a water wheel in the foreground

Artist: Sita Ram (fl. c.1810-1822)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1815

Shelfmark: Add.Or.4791

Item number: 4791

Length: 40.2

Width: 60.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of a mosque and water well at Jind from 'Views by Seeta Ram from Gheen to Delhi Vol. VI' produced for Lord Moira, afterwards the Marquess of Hastings, by Sita Ram between 1814-15. Marquess of Hastings, the Governor-General of Bengal and the Commander-in-Chief (r.1813-23), was accompanied by artist Sita Ram (flourished c.1810-22) to illustrate his journey from Calcutta to Delhi between 1814-15.

Jind, located in Haryana, was captured by the Sikh Raja Gajpat Singh, a Phulikan chief in 1755. In 1775, Gajpat Singh decided to construct the Jind fortress as a defense strategy from the Delhi Mughal government who sent Rahim Dad Khan to reclaim Jind. Gajpat Singh was succeeded by his son Raja Bhag Singh who inherited the areas of Jind and Safidon. Inscribed below: 'Tomb of Mahmood Deea wokeel of the Rajah Baugh Singh of Gheend and other Musselmaun Kubirs.'

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