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An enclosure within varied arcades, and small marble tombstones at the Delhi Madrassah

An enclosure within varied arcades, and small marble tombstones at the Delhi Madrassah

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

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1815

Shelfmark: Add.Or.4812

Item number: 4812

Length: 31.2

Width: 49.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of the Delhi Madrassa 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 Ghazi al-Din Khan's Madrassa at Delhi picturing an enclosure within varied arcades, and small marble tombstones. Ghazi-uddin Khan, who was given the title of Firoz Jang, was an important noble during the reign of Aurangzeb (r.1658-1707) and his successor Shah Alam (r.1707-12). Ghazi uddin's son was Nizam-ul-Mulk, the founder of the Nizam dynasty at Hyderabad. The Madrassa was founded by Ghazi-uddin and is still used as an educational institution now known as the Anglo-Arabic college. The double-storeyed building is constructed around a large courtyard and was entered through an imposing red sandstone gateway. Inscribed below: 'Madrissa or College at Delhi with many beautiful small Tombs in white marble.'

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