View from the Ridge north of Delhi looking towards the city (left) Humayun's Tomb (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.]
precious Stones, the whole valued at Six Millions and a half Sterling. This splendid Throne was carried to Persia by Nadir Shah in his invasion in 1738/39. Vide p. 12 [f.15].
[View from the Ridge north of Delhi looking towards the city.]
Inscribed: naqsha-i shahr-i panah … dihli nazd-i tuba(?) kashida shud.
A view from the rocky heights above the Military Cantonment looking toward the city of Delhi. The artist in his endeavour to do much has been more minute than clear in his delineation. My house is on the left (No. 1). The Assembly Rooms, a thatched building in front, with the City and Principal Mosques in the distance.
The tomb of the Emperor Humaioon distant about 5 miles SSE from Dehly was erected by his son the great Akbar, who reigned between the Year AD1556 and 1605. It is a square Building of Red Stone, the four corners inlaid with white Marble, and the whole surmounted by a magnificent Dome of the latter material.
It is believed from its Shape to have formed the Model of the more beautiful mausoleum of Agra the Taj Mahal erected by the Emperor Shah Jahan entirely of marble decorated with mosaics over his favorite Queen Moomtaz Muhul, the Pride of the Muhul or interior Apartments, Taj Mahal is a corruption of the Queens Names. The Tomb occupies a Site of 165 feet Square and the Terrace on which it stands of 303 feet Square.
[The tomb of Emperor Humayun. Built in 1565, the tomb of the second Mughal Emperor Humayun (r.1530-40 & 1555-56), was commissioned by his wife Haji Begum. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent and is architecturally important because its plan and form were precursors to those of the Taj Mahal. The mausoleum, built of red sandstone trimmed with marble, sits on a high plinth and is crowned by an imposing white marble dome. ]
Inscribed: naqsha-i maqbara Humayun Badshah.
Pencil note in the margin: Charlie Feesie Emmie and I spent our Xmas Day 1871 here with the Romaines.
The Emperor Hoomaioon succeeded to the throne on the death of his father the Emperor Baber in AD1530, but his Reign was one of continued Misfortune. In 1537 he was compelled to march towards Bengal to put down an insurrection raised by one Shere Khan of Afghan extraction: but whose father held a Jagier in Behar, In 1540 Hoomaioon was defeated by Shere Shah in a general action, compelled to fly to Lahore and subsequently in 1543 took refuge in Persia. In 1545, aided by a force from Persia, the exiled Monarch was enabled to retrace his Steps and march against Kandahar, which was then held by his Brother Mirza Askeri, whom he compelled to surrender. It was not until 1555, however,