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The entrance courtyard and east facade to the Kalan Masjid. Lady Hastings' party in the foreground

The entrance courtyard and east facade to the Kalan Masjid. Lady Hastings' party in the foreground

Artist: Sita Ram (fl. c.1810-1822)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1815

Shelfmark: Add.Or.4817

Item number: 4817

Length: 38

Width: 53.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

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 entrance courtyard and east facade to the Kalan Masjid with its vertiginous flight of steps to the entrance gateway. A group of elephants, soldiers and retainers in the foreground. The Kalan Masjid, located in Delhi, 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. Inscribed below: 'Another view of the same to the West,' with an illegible pencil inscription along the bottom unused edge of the drawing paper.

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