Posted on: 25 September 2015

A panorama in 12 folds showing the procession of the Emperor Bahadur Shah to celebrate the feast of the 'Id - 1843

[From 'Reminiscences of Imperial Delhi’, an album consisting of 89 folios containing approximately 130 paintings of views of the Mughal and pre-Mughal monuments of Delhi, as well as other contemporary material, with an accompanying manuscript text written by Sir Thomas Theophilus Metcalfe (1795-1853), the Governor-General’s Agent at the imperial court. Acquired with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund and of the National Art-Collections Fund.]

[The Resident, staff and Commandant of the Escort in howdahs, with further elephants and horses.

This part of the procession is similar to 'The British Resident riding in procession of Akbar II', c.1820 (Add.Or.888), which shows the Resident Charles Metcalfe. In this view, Charles has been replaced by Thomas Metcalfe, who was not the Resident but agent to the Governor General at Delhi, even though the inscription still says Resident. Behind Metcalfe, the Nawab of Ferozpur and the other British officers in both views appear to be the same.]
Inscribed: The Resident, Assistant & Commandant of Escort.

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