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Group of Dancers (left), William Fraser’s tomb outside St. James’s Church, Delhi (right)

Group of Dancers (left), William Fraser’s tomb outside St. James’s Church, Delhi (right)

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

Medium: Ink and colours on paper

Date: 1843

Shelfmark: Add.Or.5475

Item number: ff. 25v-26

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.]

Feroze Shah but enlarged and embellished by successive Kings and Men of Piety.
Originally it was intended to form the Sepulchre of only men of exalted Rank or great Sanctity. In modern times but few of either are to be found and consequently the exclusiveness had been much entrenched upon. Of those of later days who have been interred there was the Nawab ShumsoodeenKhan of Ferozepoor who instigated the murder or the lamented Fraser. His body having been conveyed direct to the Shrine from the Scaffold on which he met an ignominious Death.
[Group of dancers.]
Mimicks imitating Nautch or Dancing Girls.
The Remains interred beneath this Monument were once animated by as brave and sincere a Soul as ever was vouchsafed to Man by his Creator. A Brother in Friendship has caused it to be erected that when his own frame is dust
[William Fraser’s tomb outside St. James’s Church, Delhi. William Fraser (1784-1835) was the Resident at Delhi, from 1830 till 1835, when he was murdered by Karim Khan, on the instigation of Shams-ud-din, Nawab of Firozpur. Fraser was buried in the graveyard of St. Jame's Church.]
Inscribed: naqsha-i qabr-i Vilyam Fayzar saheb bahadur
it may remains as a Memorial for those who can participate in lamenting the sudden and melancholy loss of one dear to him as life William Fraser died 22nd March 1835.

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