'A view of the Tomb of the Emperor Shere Shah at Sasseram in Bahar'. Etching by Morris after a painting by William Hodges
Artist: Morris, Thomas (b.c.1750)
Etching by Morris after a painting by William Hodges of the the Tomb of the Emperor Sher Shah at Sasaram in Bihar, dated 1786.
Sasaram served as the capital for the Suri dynasty between 1530 and 1540 before the move to Delhi for the remaining five years of Suri rule. The red stone tomb of Sher Shah Sur was designed by the architect Aliwal Khan and built between 1540 and 1545. It is octagonal in plan and is topped by an impressive dome of 22 metres in span surrounded by ornamental domed kiosks. It stands at the centre of a lake on a square stone plinth with domed kiosks at each of its corners. The plinth has stone banks and stepped moorings on all sides and is connected to the mainland by a wide stone bridge.
Hodges had visited the site in 1783 and had remarked in his Travels, "I could not be struck by the grandeur of this monument, rising from the center of a large square lake, each side bounded by masonry...".