The tomb of Amir Khusrau at Nizamuddin (top left), The tomb and mosque of Makhdum Sabzavari (botttom left), Styles and titles in Persian of Metcalfe as Agent of the G.G. (right)
Author: Metcalfe, Sir Thomas Theophilus (1795-1853)
Medium: Ink and colours on paper
[From 'Reminiscences of Imperial Delhi’, an album consisting of 89 folios containing approximately 130 paintings of views of the Mughal and pre-Mughal monuments of Delhi, as well as other contemporary material, with an accompanying manuscript text written by Sir Thomas Theophilus Metcalfe (1795-1853), the Governor-General’s Agent at the imperial court. Acquired with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund and of the National Art-Collections Fund.]
Huzrul (‘Respected’) Ameer (‘Literally, a Prince, Noble’) Khoosroo (‘Emperor’) was a man of great and diversified talents. He lived during the reign of Ghyasadeen Bulbun who reigned from AD 1226 to 1236 and was born at Mominabad in the Province of Rohilcund and died at Dehlie AD 1325. He was a disciple of the celebrated Saint Nizamoodeen- Page 39- [f. 43v] grief for whose death is asserted to have been the cause of his own.
[The tomb of the poet Amir Khusrau at Nizamuddin. Amir Khusrau, was one of the most celebrated poets of India and served under several emperors. He was born in 1253 and died in 1325, six months after the death of his spiritual guide Nizamuddin Auliya, and was buried close to him.]
Inscribed: naqsha-i dargah-i hazrat Amir Khusraw dar Nizam al-Din.
His family are originally natives of Bulkh.
Durgah (‘Shrine’) Mukhdoom (‘literally a Servant’) Subzwaree (‘title taken from the place of birth’) Saheb. The individual whose shrine is here represented was a native of the town of Subz in the Province of Kish, and was a person of uncommon talent. When he had acquired as much learning as his birth place could furnish him with, he proceeded to Shiraz and Bokhara, where he pursued
[The tomb and adjacent mosque of Makhdum Sabzavari.]
his studies in medicine and other branches of service and literature to a perfection which entitled him to diplomas. Hence he came to Hindoostan during the reign of Sultan (‘Emperor’) Alaoodeen(‘Glory of the Faith’) Khiljie (‘name of tribe or family’), who reigned AD 1295 in quest of religious characters & on arrival at Dehlie became a disciple of Huzrut Sultan ool Mushayek Nizam Odeen Owleea (Page 40 [f. 43v]) under whom he practised so rigid a discipline as to induce his Master to nominate him to the succession of the Priesthood held by himself. He did not, however, survive to receive the honor having demised about AD 1325 two years previous to the death of the Saint. The Mausoleum and Mosque which are seen in the drawing were erected by his children.
The same as at Page 3 [f.6] but in a different form of toghra [i.e. a vase shape].
[Styles and titles in Persian of Metcalfe as Agent of the G.G.]