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The Delhi gate to the Agra Fort from inside the barbican, with the Union flag flying

The Delhi gate to the Agra Fort from inside the barbican, with the Union flag flying

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

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1815

Shelfmark: Add.Or.4860

Item number: 4860

Length: 30.2

Width: 46.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of the Delhi gate at the Agra Fort from 'Views by Seeta Ram from Agra to Barrackpore Vol. X' 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 Delhi gate to the Agra Fort from inside the barbican, with the Union flag flying. The Agra fort and palace complex, located along the banks of the Jumna river, was built initially by Mughal Emperor Akbar (r.1556-1605). Akbar employed Qasim Khan to design the exterior fortification for the Agra fort including the Delhi gate, which was used as the main entrance to the complex. The walls were constructed of red sandstone and reached 22 m in height. Inscribed below: 'Delhi Gate at Agra.'

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