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Qudsiya Gardens, Delhi

Qudsiya Gardens, Delhi

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1820

Shelfmark: Add.Or.553

Item number: 553

Length: 263

Width: 366

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour drawing of the Qudsiya Gardens, Delhi, by an anonymous artist working in the Delhi style, c. 1820-1825. Inscribed on front in Persian characters: 'Naqshah i Qudsiyah Bagh' (Picture of the Qudsiya Bagh); on the back in English: '16. The Koodseah grove at Delhi.' This drawing is a copy of the aquatint by Thomas and William Daniell, 'Oriental Scenery,' Series 1, no.3. 'The Cotsea Bhaug, on the River Jumna, at Delhi' (1795).

The Qudsiya Bagh is a complex of summer palace, mosque and walled garden built by Udham Bai, the Qudsiya Begum, wife of the Emperor Muhammad Shah (1719-48) and mother of Ahmad Shah (1748-54). It was laid out in the 1750s along the west bank of the river Jumna, north of Shah Jahan's palace and fort in Delhi, which may be seen in the distance. The jalis or latticed screens in the corner towers are remarkable. Only the mosque now survives. In this drawing a boat and cattle are seen on the left and a number of figures are in the foreground.

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