A Sikh Nanakpanthi ascetic (left), Durbar of Akbar II (top right), A syce leading a caparisoned horse (bottom right)
Author: Metcalfe, Sir Thomas Theophilus (1795-1853)
Medium: Ink and colours on paper
[From 'Reminiscences of Imperial Delhi’, an album consisting of 89 folios containing approximately 130 paintings of views of the Mughal and pre-Mughal monuments of Delhi, as well as other contemporary material, with an accompanying manuscript text written by Sir Thomas Theophilus Metcalfe (1795-1853), the Governor-General’s Agent at the imperial court. Acquired with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund and of the National Art-Collections Fund.]
A Nanuck Punthee or follower of the Seick Devotee Nanuck, a Religious Mendicant.
[A Nanakpanthi. The Sikh religion was a reformist faith founded by Guru Nanak (1469-1539) in the 15th century. Nanak Panthis were followers of Guru Nanak. ]
Inscribed (in Persian): faqir.
[Durbar of Akbar II (1759-1837). Three of the imperial princes are present, Mirza Abu Zafar, Mirza Salim and Mirza Jahangir, as well as the Resident in military dress. Akbar II succeeded in 1806, by which time the British had consolidated their powers and had established a strong foothold in India. The Mughal King was treated as a pensioner of the East India Company and had little authority. Akbar II died in 1837, and was succeeded by his son, Bahadur Shah Zafar, who was the last Mughal emperor to rule India.]
Inscribed: darbar-i Muhammad Akbar Shah Shah Badshah Ghazi …
His Majesty the late Emperor Akbur Shah holding his Durbar or full dress Court on the Jushun, the anniversary of his accession to the Throne.
[A syce leading a caparisoned horse.]