Selimgarh, Delhi, with the bridge leading to the Red Fort
Watercolour of Selimgarh with the bridge leading to the Red Fort in Delhi, by an anonymous artist working in the Delhi style, part of the Hyde Collection, c. 1820-1826. Inscribed on the front in Persian characters:. in nagari characters: ; in English in pencil: 'Selimghur Delhi'; on the back in ink: 'Selim Ghur, Delhi.'
The Red Fort or Lal Qila, was constructed by Shah Jahan (r.1627-58) for his new city of Shahjahanabad. The octogonal-shaped fort complex is surrounded by high fortification walls of red sandstone which reach between 18-33 metres 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 villagers bathing and sitting on the river bank in the foreground and also a camel.