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British India: Delhi, Palace of the King.

British India: Delhi, Palace of the King.

Artist: Hardinge, Charles Stewart (1822 - 1894)

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1847

Shelfmark: X738/1(4)

Item number: 73814

Length: 37

Width: 27

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Plate 4 from "Recollections of India. Part 1. British India and the Punjab" by James Duffield Harding (1797-1863) after Charles Stewart Hardinge (1822-1894), the eldest son of the first Viscount Hardinge, the Governor General. This illustrates the Jami Masjid (1644-58), Delhi, the largest mosque in India and the last great architectural work of Shah Jahan as well as the Palace of the King. Hardinge writes to a relative, 'It is sad to contemplate the dilapidated state of what was, some 200 years ago, the capital of the Mughul Emperors [the King] is now a miserable old man, stripped of all authority, and, in fact, a mere puppet in our hands. The Government still allow every form of outward dignity to be adhered to. The old king spends his time chiefly in shooting, and the poverty of his family is such that some of his sons may be seen carrying on petty trades in the city for their livelihood.'

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