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The Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar (1837-58)

June 30, 1944
Bahadur Shah II 1837–1857

The Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar (1837-58)



Fig. 47: THE MUGHAL EMPEROR BAHADUR SHAH ZAFAR (1837-58), by a late Mughal artist, 1844. From Metcalfe's Delhi Book. Metcalfe writes in his Delhi Book: The Prince Aboo Zafr or the Victorious was the eldest son of the late Emperor Mohumud Ukbar Shah the 2nd, born in the year AD 1773, and ascended to the fallen Dignity of the once mighty House of Timour on the 29th September 1837.' This is the only painting specifically dated in the Delhi Book. Watercolour, folio size 25.8 x 19.5 cm. British Library, London, Add.Or.5475 f. 17.

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Very good information.


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