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Sadfar Jang. Pavilion at the tomb of Sufdir Junge, Delhi.

Sadfar Jang.  Pavilion at the tomb of Sufdir Junge, Delhi.

Artist: Wilson, Horace H

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1841

Shelfmark: X724(2)

Item number: 2

Length: 38.2

Width: 25.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

This is plate 2 from HH Wilson's 'The Oriental Portfolio'. Safdar Jang was the title of the nobleman Abul Mansur Khan, who was prime minister under the Mughal Emperor Ahmad Shah circa 1748-54.

This large mausoleum was built by his son, and stands in a walled complex at the end of the road leading to Humayun’s tomb in Delhi. Describing the pavilion, Wilson wrote: "The style of the architecture in this portion of the edifice, although somewhat more ornamental than usual, is that which very commonly occurs in Mohammedan buildings ... The feathered arch is the favourite form of the arch in Mohammedan edifices ... The portion here delineated stands on the ground, but there are several others attached to the tomb, one of which is over the gateway. They are less profusely ornamented than the subject of the engraving. The columns and mouldings are of red sand-stone: The other parts are built with small bricks, but they are coated with five chunam or mortar, which is susceptible of a high polish, and when in good preservation is little inferior in appearance to marble. A native traveller of some rank, with his attendants, has the pavilion his halting place during the heat of the day."

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