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Interior tomb chamber of Itimad al-Daulah's tomb

Interior tomb chamber of Itimad al-Daulah's tomb

Artist: Sita Ram (fl. c.1810-1822)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1815

Shelfmark: Add.Or.4866

Item number: 4866

Length: 36.2

Width: 40.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of interior view of I'timad al-Daula's tomb from 'Views by Seeta Ram from Agra to Barrackpore Vol. X' 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.

Idealised view of the interior tomb chamber of I'timad al-Daulah's tomb, with the cenotaphs of I'timad al-Daulah and his wife, with painted stucco work. This mausoleum was built by Nur Jahan, the favorite wife of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir (r.1605-27) in memory of her father Mirza Ghiyath Beg. A white marble rectangular building, the tomb stands in a garden on a stone platform situated on the banks of the river Jumna opposite the Fort-Palace complex. In the central chamber are the tombs of Itmad-ud-Daula and his wife. The delicately carved marble screens give a gentle light to the interior while inlaid pietra dura work adorns the walls and floors. The tomb is set within a charbagh, or four-fold, garden. Inscribed below: 'Interior of Etmudoo Dowlah's Tomb.'

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