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Jahangir's mausoleum, Shadara (Punjab). 13 December 1879

Jahangir's mausoleum, Shadara (Punjab). 13 December 1879

Artist: Harcourt, Alfred Frederick Pollock (1836-1910)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1879

Shelfmark: WD2589

Item number: 2589

Length: 24

Width: 46.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour by Alfred Frederick Pollock Harcourt (1836-1910) of Jahangir's mausoleum at Shahdara in the Punjab, now in Pakistan, dated 13th December 1879. The image is inscribed on the front in pencil: 'Shahdera (evening) 13 Dec 79'. Shahdara is situated opposite the city of Lahore on the banks of the Ravi River. Many gardens and serais were built there to serve as resting places before making the approach to the city; 'shahdara' means royal gateway or entrance. Jahangir's tomb, in the Dilkusha Garden, together with that of his wife Nur Jahan and his brother-in-law Asaf Khan were built close to each other, forming an unusual and important royal funerary complex at the site. Harcourt served with the Bengal Infantry in India from 1855 to 1889. He found the Punjab Hills a particularly inspiring landscape for painting and drawing. In 1871 his book 'The Himalayan districts of Kooloo, Lahoul, and Spitti' was published, illustrated with lithographs from his drawings.

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