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A marble faced platform surmounted by a marble screen enclosing tombs

A marble faced platform surmounted by a marble screen enclosing tombs

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

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1815

Shelfmark: Add.Or.4821

Item number: 4821

Length: 35.1

Width: 54.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of a marble platform surmounted by a marble screen enclosing tombs from 'Views by Seeta Ram from Delhi to Tughlikabad Vol. VII' 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.

An idealised view of a marble faced platform surmounted by a marble screen enclosing tombs, with the mosque of the Madrassah of Ghazi al-Din in the background. This view is almost similar to Ghazi uddin Khan's tomb at his Madrassa in Delhi, except for the platform on which it stands. 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. Inscribed below: 'Tomb of' [gap] 'near the College.'

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