The Mubarak Bagh, the house of Sir David Ochterlony
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.]
The Mobaruck (‘happy’) Bagh (‘garden’)
[The Mubarak Bagh or country house of Sir David Ochterlony (1758-1825). Built in the north of Delhi, Mubarak Bagh was named after Ochterlony's senior wife, Mubarak Begum, who inherited it after his death. ]
Inscribed: naqsh-i mubarak bagh-i jirmirnil sahib.
was constructed by the late Major General Sir David Ochterlony G.C.B. a most distinguished officer, and talented diplomatist. It is believed that the portion of the building surmounted by the dome was intended to form his mausoleum but as the General demised at Meeruth, about 40 miles from Dehlie, his wishes could not be given effect to.
The garden is situated about 4 miles to the North of Dehlie and much frequented during the colder months of the year by parties from the Cantonments etc.
From the arrival of His Excellency Lord Lake in September 1803, the tranquillity of Dehlie remained undisturbed until October 1804, when a body of infantry detached from Holcars Army proceeded with a formidable train of artillery, invested the city and on the seventh of the above month, the siege commenced.