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The tomb of Adham Khan near the Qutb Minar (left), The Tomb of Shaikh ‘Abdul Haq Dihlavi near the Qutb Minar (right)

The tomb of Adham Khan near the Qutb Minar (left), The Tomb of Shaikh ‘Abdul Haq Dihlavi near the Qutb Minar (right)

Author: Metcalfe, Sir Thomas Theophilus (1795-1853)

Medium: Ink and colours on paper

Date: 1843

Shelfmark: Add.Or.5475

Item number: ff. 78v-79

Length: 25.8

Width: 42.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

[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 tomb of Udhum Khan, who having assassinated his foster brother, (see page ..[f.45v]) attempted also the life of the Emperor Ackbur the Great by whose orders he was thrown from the battlement of the palace.
[The Tomb of Adham Khan near the Qutb Minar. This tomb was built by the Emperor Akbar (r.1556-1605) in 1526 for Maham Anga, his wet nurse, and her son, Adham Khan, a nobleman and general in Akbar's army, who was executed on the Emperor's orders for committing murder. Khan's mother passed away from grief soon after. Around the central chamber is an arcaded verandah, above which rises the corona of the dome in which there are several passages, hence the tomb is also known as 'Bhul-Bhulaiyan' or labyrinth. It is one of the last in the Lodhi style tombs.]
Inscribed: naqsha-i maqbara-i Adham dar Qutb.
The name is generally pronounced so like your Adam, that new arrivals are sometimes made to believe that the building is really the Tomb of our common Progenitor.
[The Tomb of Shaikh ‘Abdul Haq Dihlavi near the Qutb Minar, on the bank of the Hauz-i-shamsi. ‘Abdul Haq Dihlavi, born in 1551, was a writer in Arabic and Persian, who won favour from both Mughal Emperors, Jahangir (r.1605-28) and Shah Jahan (r.1628-58). He died in 1642. ]

Inscribed: maqbara-i Shah ‘Abd al-Haqq Dihlavi.
The Tomb of Shaikh (‘Tribe; Caste’) Ubdool Huq(‘Slave of God’) Dehlevee (‘Of Dehly’). The ancestor of this individual was a native of Bokhara, but on visiting Dehly was ennobled and attached to the Royal Court. The father obtained a great name for sanctity: the son (who was born at Dehly) followed in his parents’ footsteps and made two pilgrimages to the holy Mecca. He died in the reign of the Emperor Shah Juhan (‘King of the world’) A.D. 1642 and was buried in the sepulchre built by himself on the margin of the Lake Houz Shumshee, described at page 77 [f. 76].

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