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Delhi Fort from the river

Delhi Fort from the river

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1820

Shelfmark: Add.Or.540

Item number: 540

Length: 28

Width: 93

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of a view of the Red Fort, in Delhi, by an anonymous artist working in the Agra style, c. 1820.

The Red Fort or Lal Qila, was constructed by Shah Jahan (r.1627-58) for his new city of Shahjahanabad. The Lahore gate was one of the main entrances to the fort and is composed of a central arch or 'pishtaq' with side towers. The octogonal-shaped fort complex is surrounded by high fortification walls of red sandstone which reach between 18-33 m in height. Key buildings inside the fort include the Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience), the Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience), Moti Masjid, and the Khas Mahal (private chambers of the emperor). This drawing shows the whole length of the fort and exterior wall from the viewpoint of the river Yamuna.

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