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Gateway in the Hazuribagh, Lahore (Punjab). January 1849

Gateway in the Hazuribagh, Lahore (Punjab). January 1849

Artist: Oldfield, Henry Ambrose (1822-1871)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1849

Shelfmark: WD2815

Item number: 2815

Length: 21

Width: 32.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Painting

Water-colour painting of the gateway in the Hazuri Bagh at Lahore in the Punjab (modern Pakistan) by Henry Ambrose Oldfield (1822-1871) in January 1849. Inscribed on the front in water-colour is: 'Gateway in the Huzooree Bagh. H.A. Oldfield 1849'; on the back in ink: 'The 'Huzooree Bagh' is the 'Royal Garden', at Lahore. The buildings etc. in it are now used as Barracks & quarters for a European Regiment'.

Hazuri Bagh is a small garden situated between the Badshahi Mosque and the main entrance to Lahore Fort. The garden was laid out by Ranjit Singh (1780-1839) the famous Sikh leader who seized Lahore in 1799. The garden contains a marble baradari, built in 1818, where the Sikh ruler used to hold court. Although not a Mughal garden per se it is a reminder that Ranjit Singh and other Sikhs had a deep appreciation for the Mughal garden tradition.

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