Houses in Delhi in the 1840s

from ‘The Delhi Book’ of Thomas Theophilus Metcalfe

Although the pictures below show only a portion of each drawing, they lead into pop-up images of entire drawings. Detailed scans of each folio can be accessed through the links, but will take some time to download.

The palace of Bahadur Shah
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[Add.Or. 5475, folio 22]

The palace of Bahadur Shah. This picture shows the Diwan-i Khass (Private Audience Hall) within the palace buildings in the Red Fort, Delhi. The palace and fort were built by Shah Jahan, the Mughal Emperor between 1639 and 1648. It remained the principle residence of the Mughals until it was looted by the British during the tragic events of the Indian Uprising in 1857-58. Painting by Mazhar ‘Ali Khan.

Thomas Metcalfe's private residence
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[Add.Or. 5475, folio 84 verso and 85 recto]

Thomas Metcalfe’s private residence on the banks of the Yamuna River. In this house he stored his books, all of which were destroyed during the Indian Uprising in 1857-58. This building contained an ingenious series of underground rooms called taikhanas that were used during the hot season. A picture of one of the taikhanas, which served as a billiard room, is visible in the top right corner of the pop-up-image.

A tomb near the Qutb Minar
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[Add.Or. 5475, folio 82]

A tomb near the Qutb Minar, south of Delhi, converted by Thomas Metcalfe into his country house. Known as the “Dilkusha” (“delight of the heart”), Metcalfe used to lend it out to bridal parties for their honeymoons. Bahadur Shah had a residence nearby which he used during the rainy season.


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