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Mausoleum of Safdar Jang, Delhi 3257

Mausoleum of Safdar Jang, Delhi 3257

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink

Date: 1813

Shelfmark: Add.Or.3257

Item number: 3257

Length: 54.3

Width: 74.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of the Mausoleum of Safdar Jang in Delhi, by an anonymous artist, c. 1820. This drawing shows the garden and water channel. Nawab Safdar Jang (r.1739-53) was the governor of Awadh between 1739 and 1753 during the reign of the Mughal emperor Ahmad Shah (r. 1748-54). Safdar Jang's body was moved to Delhi where his son Nawab Shuja ud-Daula built a tomb in 1753-54 based on the model of the tomb of the Mughal emperor Humayun. The tomb is square in plan with engaged minarets at each corner. It is faced in red sandstone and surmounted by a bulbous white marble dome. The tomb sits at the centre of a 'chahar bagh', a garden divided into four sections by raised sandstone walkways and sunken water channels, with a monumental gateway to the south. Inscribed on the back of the watercolour in pencil and ink: 'Garden view of the Tomb of the Nabob Sufdar Jung (Grandfather to Asoph ul Dowlah Nabob of Oude situated 3 Coss or Six Miles to the South west of Delhi.)'

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