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Durbar of Emperor Akbar Shah II

September 30, 1820
Mirza Firuz Shah
Akbar Shah II 1806–1837

Durbar of Emperor Akbar Shah II



75.1 x 61.9 cm Gouache with gold on paper The penultimate emperor Akbar Shah II (r.1806-1837) presides at a durbar in the Red Fort at Delhi. Powerless and impoverished, he was permitted few privileges by the British but could still indulge in court ceremonial. This composition is known in a number of versions. There is growing European influence in the modified recession of the durbar hall and the way some faces are in three–quarter view instead of profile. Mughal Library

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Very good information.


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