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A religious enclosure with tombs and a white marble arcade

A religious enclosure with tombs and a white marble arcade

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

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1815

Shelfmark: Add.Or.4810

Item number: 4810

Length: 32.8

Width: 50.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of a religious enclosure at Mahrauli 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.

Idealised view of a religious enclosure with tombs and a white marble arcade of 'jalis' converging on a Mughal gateway with a Muslim tomb beside it. This religious enclosure resembles the arcade at the shrine of Qutb-Sahib at Mahrauli. Mahrauli, a village near Delhi, is the site of dargah (shrine) of Qutb-Sahib (d.1235) and the location of several tombs of the Kings of Delhi including Muhammad Akbar II (d.1837), Shah Alam II (d.1806), and Bahadur Shah I (d.1712). Inscribed below: 'Part of the Madrissa Nobut Kanah and Tombs that under the Semineeanah being that of the Emperor Shaw Allum's Moulavie'; and in pencil in 'kaithi: dili madirasa pautasa pir ivan'.

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