June 30, 1815
Architectural and Building
Akbar Shah II 1806–1837
Fig. 52: DIWAN-I AM, by a Delhi artist, c. 1815. Trying to resuscitate past Mughal
glories in the Delhi of Akbar II, new illustrated manuscripts of the histories of
Shahjahan were produced. In them for the first time are found images of his buildings
as isolated architectural monuments. A particularly revealing sequence of paintings in
this manuscript of the Amal-i Salih, a history of Shahjahan by Muhammad Salih Kanbu,
shows the major buildings on the processional way from the Fatehpuri Masjid at the end
of Chandni Chowk, via the Lahore Gate and the Naqgar Khana to the Diwan-i Am itself
as here, with prominence given to the jharokha at the back of the hall.
Opaque watercolour, 14.5 x 26.5 cm. British Library, London, Add. 20735, f.370.