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The Qutb Minar surrounded by various buildings of the complex

The Qutb Minar surrounded by various buildings of the complex

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

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1815

Shelfmark: Add.Or.4833

Item number: 4833

Length: 35

Width: 50.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of Qutb Minar complex 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 Qutb Minar complex was initiated by Qutb-ud-din Aibak, the founder of the Slave Dynasty in Delhi (1206-90), to celebrate the onset of Islamic rule in India in 1192. Some of the key structures in the complex include the Alai Darwaza, Iitumish's tomb, Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque, and the Qutb Minar. Idealised view of the Qutb Minar surrounded by various buildings of the complex. Inscribed below: 'Another view of the same to the Surrounding Country.'


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