An elephant bearing the royal insigina of an umbrella (left), Royal Procession of Akbar II (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.]
The Suwaree or Royal Procession of his late Majesty Mohummud Akbur Shah the 2nd, who succeeded his father the Emperor Shah Alum in Novmber 1806 and who died at the Kootoob in September 1837 aged 81 years. A mild and Benevolent Prince, but more fitted to reign under the Protection of the British Government than in the troublesome times of his unfortunate Father and his immediate Predecessor. Akbur Shah left issue 11 sons and 6 daughters, and was succeeded by his Eldest Son the present King Bahadar Shah.
[An elephant bearing the royal insigina of an umbrella.]
The leading Elephant of the Procession with the Chattah or Umbrella , the Chief Ensign of Royalty and which no one else but the Sovereign is permitted to assume.
[The Royal Procession of Akbar II (r.1806-37), with the Heir Apparent, Mirza Abu Zafar, on an elephant in a procession.]
Inscribed: savari Akbar Shah Badshah ghazi.