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Shah Bhaugh, a Summer Palace built by the Emperor Shah Jehan, on the banks of the Sabermatty

Shah Bhaugh, a Summer Palace built by the Emperor Shah Jehan, on the banks of the Sabermatty

Artist: Forbes,James

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1813

Shelfmark: 455.c.9

Item number: Plate 77

Length: 29.1

Width: 22,4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Plate seventy-seven from the third volume of James Forbes'"Oriental Memoirs". In the month of April 1781, Forbes(1749-1819), the Collector of Dhaboi embarked ona journey tp Ahmedabad, the newly conquered city. Having reached that place, he made a few excursions in its neighbourhood. This included a visit to Shah-Baug. The Shah Baugh was a royal garden and summer palace, built by Shah Jehan(1627-1648), the 'Master Builder' amongst the Mughal emperors of India. Forbes described in his "Memoirs", the gardens and pleasure-grounds of Shah-Baug, of which little remained 'except broken fountains, aqueducts and a few trees...it now exhibits a scene of solitude and ruin.' However the palace was still in very good repair, even though it had been built nearly two hundred years before, 'The saloon...was a fine room; the wall covered with shell chunam, a white stucco, polished like the finest marble, and the ceiling painted in small compartments with much taste.'

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