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The Kali or Kalan Mosque in Delhi

The Kali or Kalan Mosque in Delhi

Shelfmark: Add.Or.4816

Item number: 4816

Length: 35.2

Width: 53.7

Scale: Centimetres

Watercolour of Kalan Masjid from 'Views by Seeta Ram from Delhi to Tughlikabad Vol. VII' 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 Kalan Masjid at Delhi. The Kalan Masjid was built in 1387 by the son of Khan-i-Jahan Junan Shah, Prime Minster of Feroz Shah Tughlaq (r.1351-88). The mosque was built in Ferozabad, a section of Delhi, the city built by Feroz Shah Tughlaq but was later included in Shahjahan's new city Shahjahanabad. It is an imposing structure in a plain style, with the main upper storey approached via a flight of steps and crowned with a series of domes. Inscribed below:' Musgid or Black Mosque at Delhi to the East.'

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