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The tomb of the Emperor Humayun with surrounding tombs and pavilions

The tomb of the Emperor Humayun with surrounding tombs and pavilions

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1815

Shelfmark: Add.Or.4822

Item number: 4822

Length: 35.7

Width: 52.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of Humayum's Tomb in Delhi 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.

The tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun (r.1530-56) was constructed c.1565 by his widow Haji Begum. The architectural style incorporated Persian and Mughal styles which later influenced the building of the Taj Mahal in Agra with similar features including a central bayed arch, a raised dome, and the use of chatris or pavilions. The tomb is located within a charbagh, a four-fold garden. Idealised view of Emperor Humayun tomb with surrounding tombs and pavilions, set in an open countryside rather than its proper garden. Inscribed below: 'Tomb of the Emperor Humaioon.'

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