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Panorama of Delhi seen from the Ridge

June 30, 1845
Scenery and Places
Bahadur Shah II 1837–1857

Panorama of Delhi seen from the Ridge



Panorama of Delhi seen from the Ridge, attributed to Mazhar Ali Khan, c.1845. The view is taken from the Ridge, in the neighbourhood of Hindu Rao's house, and encompasses the northern and eastern walls with the Kashmiri, Mori, Kabuli, and Lahori gates. Within the city the Jama Masjid, the Red Fort and Salimgarh, and St. James's Church are prominent, as are the minarets of the Fatehpuri Masjid and Akbarabadi Masjid. Outside the walls, the military camp is very prominent while on the left the civil lines with Ludlow Castle are seen with the river beyond. Perspective is most skillfully handled in the recession of the foreground dotted with trees, rocks and animals. The artist is still very Indian though in that he seems to have changed his viewpoint so that we see both the northern and western walls of the city, the eastern and western facades of the Jama Masjid and the whole of the Delhi Gate as well as the Lahore Gate of the Red Fort. Felice Beato took a photographic panorama from this same spot in 1858.

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Ismail Mazari

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Very good information.


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