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The Lahore Gate, Delhi

The Lahore Gate, Delhi

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1823

Shelfmark: Add.Or.3247

Item number: 3247

Length: 37.2

Width: 55.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of the Lahore Gate to the Red Fort in Delhi, c. 1823. This drawing shows tombs, villagers and animals in the foreground. The Lahore Gate, the western gate to the Red Fort or Lal Qila, was constructed by Shah Jahan (r.1627-58) for his new city of Shahjahanabad. The Lahore gate was one of the main entrances to the fort and is composed of a central arch with side towers. The octogonal-shaped fort complex is surrounded by high fortification walls of red sandstone which reach between 18-33 m 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).Inscribed on front in Persian characters: in nagari characters: ; in English in pencil: 'Lahore Gateway of Delhi': on the back in ink: 'Lahore Gateway at Delhi'.

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