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Map of Shahjahanabad

June 30, 1846
Bahadur Shah II 1837–1857

Map of Shahjahanabad



Fig. 86: MAP OF SHAHJAHANABAD by a Delhi cartographer, 1846-47. The map is obviously drawn by an Indian cartographer, in that it includes little vignettes of important buildings seen in elevation and plan, and is covered with Urdu inscriptions identifying mosques and other religious buildings, havelis and other mansions, as well as the buildings in the Red Fort. In its precision, however, with regard to the overall shape of the city and the Red Fort, the layout of roads, moahallas etc., it is clearly under European inspiration. It can be precisely dated through its recording the Lal Diggi tank in front of the Red Fort replacing the Gulabi Bagh, finished in 1846, and likewise the Delhi Bank's presence still in a little classical building opposite Red Fort prior to its move to the Begum Samru's house in 1847. At this date the only likely patron is Thomas Metcalfe, who had already commissioned the panorama (fig. 99) the previous year. The the city before the destruction of 1858. Pen-and-ink and watercolour, 108 x 98.5 cm. British Library, London, IO Maps X/1659 уear.

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Very good information.


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