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A camel laden with trunks & possessions (top left), View from Metcalfe House towards Delhi (bottom left), Plan of the Metcalfe House (right)

A camel laden with trunks & possessions (top left), View from Metcalfe House towards Delhi (bottom left), Plan of the Metcalfe House (right)

Author: Metcalfe, Sir Thomas Theophilus (1795-1853)

Medium: Ink and colours on paper

Date: 1843

Shelfmark: Add.Or.5475

Item number: ff. 83v-84

Length: 25.8

Width: 42.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

[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 camel laden with trunks and household goods, presumably on its way between Metcalfe’s houses.]
Inscribed: shutar-i bar baradari.
[View from Metcalfe House towards Delhi. Thomas Metcalfe (1795-1853), first arrived in Delhi in 1813, where his brother Charles Metcalfe was Resident to the Emperor’s court. He lived there for the next 40 years of his life. Thomas Metcalfe became the agent at Delhi in 1835 and remained at this post until his death in 1853. In 1830, he began to build Metcalfe House, which was his personal residence on the river Yamuna, above the Red Fort. Here he housed his collections of art treasures and books, as well as a collection of relics of Napoleon.]
Inscribed: naqsha-i qil‘a va salimgarh .. ? sahib bahadur.
View from the East side of the House, including the Palace, the Great Mosque, St. James’ Church
Plan of the House at Dehlee.
a. Study
b. Library
c. Napoleon Gallery
d. Principal dining room
e. Drawing room
f. Hall
g. Breakfast & dining room
h. Bay room - Winter Breakfast room
i. Passage
k. Ante room.
l. Prayer room
m. My dressing room. *The door by which your lamented mother left the house for the last time at 7 oclock of the evening of 2nd May 1842.
n. Strangers room
o-o. - Bathing rooms
p. Your mother’s dressing room & the nursery - and will be Emily’s room when she joins me
q. Your mother’s private sitting room
r. Bedroom
s-s. Verandahs.

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