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The Divan Khass [Diwan-i-Khas], Delhi.

The Divan Khass [Diwan-i-Khas], Delhi.

Photographer: Tytler, Robert and Harriet

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1858

Shelfmark: Photo 53/(18)

Item number: 5318

Genre: Photograph

Part of a portfolio of photographs taken in 1858 by Major Robert Christopher Tytler and his wife, Harriet, in the aftermath of the Uprising of 1857. Part of the palace complex built by the Emperor Shah Jahan at Delhi, the Diwan-i-Khas, or Hall of Private Audience was where the emperor would consult with his advisors and meet important visitors. The hall was built entirely of white marble inlaid with precious stones. The hall’s ceiling was once silver which was removed by the Marathas and the spectacular Peacock throne was taken by Nadir Shah of Persia in 1739. On the corner arches on the north and south walls are inscriptions that read, 'If there be paradise on earth, it is this, it is this, it is this'.

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