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The Jami Masjid, Delhi (U.P.). Squared drawing for the aquatint published January 1797.

The Jami Masjid, Delhi (U.P.). Squared drawing for the aquatint published January 1797.

Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1795

Shelfmark: WD1717

Item number: 1717

Length: 39.1

Width: 59.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Squared pencil drawing by Thomas and William Daniell of the Jami' Masjid, Delhi, dated 18 February 1789. Originally inscribed on mount in ink and pencil: 'The Jumnah Musjid, Delhi.' This is the original drawing for 'Oriental Scenery,' part 1, plate 23.

The Jami Masjid, the largest mosque in India, was built between 1644 and 1658, as the principal monument of Shahjahanabad, the new capital of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, established in 1638. The mosque stands on a high platform on a rock and has three huge gateways approached by broad flights of steps that lead to a big courtyard. The minarets and domed prayer-hall are faced in white marble and red standstone and the doors are decorated with brass carvings.

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