Central pillar, Diwan-i-Khas, Fatehpur Sikri.
Artist: Sita Ram (fl. c.1810-1822), attributed to
Watercolour of the central pillar and brackets from the Diwan-i Khas at Fatehpur Sikri possibly by the Calcutta artist Sita Ram, c.1816. Idealised view of the interior of the so-called Divan-i Khas in the palace at Fathpur Sikri with its central column, and on the right details of the brackets of the latter. In 1569, Mughal Emperor Akbar (r.1556-1605) moved his capital from Agra to Fatehpur Sikri and commenced the construction of the palace and fort. The Divan-i Khas, or the Private Audience Hall, is located on the north end of the palace complex. This two-storied complex topped with four chhatris or pavilions contains a single chamber with the elaborate pillar illustrated here. The emperor would have been seated on the circular platform, on the top of the pillar which is connected by walkways to the corners of the building. The style of this drawing matches that of Sita Ram in the albums of views which he painted for Lord and Lady Hastings. See Add.Or.4854 for the same subject. Inscribed: 'View of a building in the palace of the Emperor Akber at Futtihpore Sicri called the Ek Khumba or Hall of the Pillar. 1816.'