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Humaion's Tomb, where the King was captured by Hodgson, [Delhi].

Humaion's Tomb, where the King was captured by Hodgson, [Delhi].

Photographer: Tytler, Robert and Harriet

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1858

Shelfmark: Photo 193/(13)

Item number: 19313

Genre: Photograph

Part of a portfolio of photographs taken in 1858 by Major Robert Christopher Tytler and his wife, Harriet, at Delhi, Lucknow and Cawnpore in the aftermath of the Uprising of 1857. Built in 1565, the tomb of the second Mughal Emperor Humayun (r.1530-40 & 1555-56), was commissioned by his wife Haji Begum. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent and is architecturally important because its plan and form were precursors to those of the Taj Mahal.

It was at Humayun's Tomb that Captain Hodson was said to have taken Bahadur Shah Zafar, the King of Delhi, as a prisoner in September 1857 immediately after the assault on Delhi during the Uprising of 1857.

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