Company School

Noor gudh

Noor gudh by Company School

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This watercolour provides a view out across Delhi’s Yamuna River towards the Red Fort from Salimgarh Fort, which was built in 1546 by Salim Shah Suri (ruling 1545–1554). Salim’s father, Sher Shah, had ousted the Mughal Emperor Humayun from Delhi in 1540 to establish the Sur dynasty rule. The fort’s circular bastions, which can be seen in the right foreground of this watercolour, were built to defend the city from Humayun’s reprisal. Such fears were not unfounded – Humayun recaptured the city in 1555. The Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb (ruling 1658-1707), who also built the Moti Masjid, subsequently converted the fort into a prison. The fort remained a prison for the next 500 years and was where fighters from the Indian National Army were incarcerated by the British Army from 1945 until India’s independence in 1947.

Title
Noor gudh
Artist/creator
Production date
late 19th century
Medium
watercolour
Dimensions
127 x 207 mm
Inscription
title, 'Noor gudh', as above( LC)
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr Paul R C Potter, 1970
Accession no
1970/31/6
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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