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AN ARCHITECTURAL STUDY OF DELHI, NAQSH-I-RUKAR-I-QILA MUBARAK (THE VIEW OF THE RED FORT)

AN ARCHITECTURAL STUDY OF DELHI, NAQSH-I-RUKAR-I-QILA MUBARAK (THE VIEW OF THE RED FORT)

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Company School, North India, Delhi, c. 1830

Ink and watercolour on paper, inscribed in Urdu in the lower margin

3 x 5 in. (7.1 x 12.7 cm.)

The current painting depicts the east face of the palace of the Red Fort in Delhi. The Red Fort as we know it today was formerly called the Qila-i-Mubarak or the Blessed Fort hence the Urdu title to the work. As with the following lot, this painting is very similar to another version of the same view contained in an album titled Reminiscences of Imperial Delhi that now forms part of the British Library collection and has the following hand written text. Metcalfe states ‘the following are two views of the Palace at Dehly from the River or East Side. The first includes the whole length of line from the Shah Boorj or Royal Tower on the right to the Ussud Boorj on the left. Ussud literally signifies a lion but as tradition does not in any way connect this animal with the building in question, the latter may be properly denominated the Tower of Strength.’
For a more detailed discussion on the Delhi School and the artists working within the atelier in the early 19th century, see the previous lot.

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AN ARCHITECTURAL STUDY OF DELHI, NAQSH-I-RUKAR-I-QILA MUBARAK (THE VIEW OF THE RED FORT)

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