An old painting of the Red Fort along the Yamuna

An old painting of the Red Fort and the River Yamuna

Thomas Metcalfe, as Governor-General’s Agent at the Imperial court of Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar in early 19th century Delhi, ordered a series of images of the monuments & ruins of this city, to be created by Delhi artist Mazhar Ali Khan.
Here’s one such masterpiece…a painting of the Red Fort as viewed from Metcalfe’s house in Civil Lines.

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Naushirvan says:

    wow, that looks amazing! very exotic, one might say.
    If you really wish to explore the theme, you could try getting your hands on a book called ‘Aasaar us sanaadeed’, an Urdu work authored by Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. It is full of pre-1857 sketches of the most notable monuments of Delhi ( some of which no longer exist). What’s more, it contains meticulously prepared facsimiles of all the inscriptions that were found within or about the said monuments. I don’t know if there is an English version of the book. That is well worth finding out, though.

    1. wanderfool says:

      Thank you Naushirvan, will definitely try to find out about this book you recommend.

  2. mj says:

    Wow! Reblogged on Delhi Baroque.

  3. mj says:

    Reblogged this on Delhi Baroque and commented:
    Ah… Delhi has its nicer side!

  4. Zafar says:

    Naushirvan, Asar was never translated into English. A guy called Ram Nath did transcribe some sections in a book (can’t remember the name) but I think it’s also out of print.

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