A View of Firozeabad(019XZZ000000307U00042000)
Artist: Hodges, William (1744-1797)
Medium: Aquatint with etching, coloured
This is plate 42 from William Hodges' 'Select Views in India'. Built around 1354 by Firoz Shah Tugluq, Firozabad is today regarded as the eighth of the 12 cities of Delhi. At the time of Hodges' visit in the 1780s, it was little more than a village. Hodges' friend and fellow artist, William Princep describes this view as follows: "The principal building is a tomb, of very modern construction; and that to the right of the tomb is a building from whence the Mollahs, i.e. Mahometan Priests, read and explain passages of the Kohran to the People."