A Baolee near the old city of Delhi
Artist and engraver: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
Plate 18 from the third set of Thomas and William Daniell's 'Oriental Scenery.' This step-well or baoli, near the funerary complex in Delhi of Shaikh Nizam al-Din Aulia (1236-1325), is believed to have been built by the followers of the Saint. It is surrounded by a mosque and some tombs. The Daniells saw small boys dive into the water to retrieve coins, as they still do.