Charles Metcalfe'e establishment at the Shalimar Gardens north of Delhi
Artist: Sita Ram (fl. c.1810-1822)
Watercolour of Charles Metcalfe's establishement in Delhi from 'Views by Seeta Ram from Gheen to Delhi Vol. VI' 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.
The Shalimar Gardens, originally called Aizzabad Bagh is located north of Delhi. and famous as the location where Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb (r.1658-1707) crowned himself, on 31st July 1658. Charles Metcalfe was the Resident at Delhi between 1811-1819 and later the private secretary to the Marquess of Hastings (1819-1820). View of Charles Metcalfe's establishment at the Shalimar Gardens north of Delhi, showing a collection of European buildings in a park, with a coach and horses arriving through the gateway. Inscribed below: 'Residency at Shalamar.'