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The Fatehpuri Masjid of Delhi (top right), The chowk in the middle of Chandini Chowk (bottom right)

The Fatehpuri Masjid of Delhi (top right), The chowk in the middle of Chandini Chowk (bottom right)

Author: Metcalfe, Sir Thomas Theophilus (1795-1853)

Medium: Ink and colours on paper

Date: 1843

Shelfmark: Add.Or.5475

Item number: ff. 58v-59

Length: 25.8

Width: 42.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

[From 'Reminiscences of Imperial Delhi’, an album consisting of 89 folios containing approximately 130 paintings of views of the Mughal and pre-Mughal monuments of Delhi, as well as other contemporary material, with an accompanying manuscript text written by Sir Thomas Theophilus Metcalfe (1795-1853), the Governor-General’s Agent at the imperial court. Acquired with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund and of the National Art-Collections Fund.]

The Futtehpooree Mosque
[The Fatehpuri Mosque at the end of Chandni Chowk. The mosque was built in 1650 by Nawab Fathehpuri Begum, a queen of Shah Jahan (r. 1627-58). The mosque is built entirely in red sandstone.]
Inscribed: naqsha-i fathpuri [masjid] nazd-i darwaza-i lahauri.
was built by a female of that name in the service of the Emperor Shah Jahan who commenced his reign AD 1628 (Page 8 – [f. 11]). The two other Begums, contemporaries of the Futtehpooree, also erected mosques by desire of the Emperor and named them the Akburabadee & Aurungabadee after themselves or rather from the places of their birth by which they were designated. Futtehpooree or the Town of Victory, Akburabad the City of Akbur, and Aurungabad the City of the Throne.

[The Chandni Chowkh or square in the middle of the street of that name.]
Inscribed: naqsha-i chandni chaukh-i Shahjahanabad.
The Chouk of Centre of the great street, running in a direct line from the Lahore Gate of the Palace to the above Mosque [Fatehpuri Mosque], where it turns to the right, and is continued to the Lahore Gate of the City.

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