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Durbar of Emperor Akbar Shah II

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  • Description

    The penultimate emperor Akbar Shah II (r.1806-1837) presides at a durbar in the Red Fort at Delhi. Powerless and impoverished, he was permitted few privileges by the British but could still indulge in court ceremonial. This composition is known in a number of versions. There is growing European influence in the modified recession of the durbar hall and the way some faces are in three–quarter view instead of profile.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndia north India (place of creation)
    1820 - 1830
    Mughal Period (1526 - 1858)
    Associated people
    Akbar Shah II (ruled 1806 - 1837) (subject)
    Bahadur Shah II (ruled 1837 - 1858) (subject)
    Prince Mirza Jahangir (died 1821) (subject)
    Prince Mirza Salim (active c. 1820 - 1830) (subject)
    possibly Raja Ram Mohan Roy (1772 - 1833) (subject)
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold on paper
    frame 91.1 x 77.6 x 2.5 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 75.1 x 61.9 cm (height x width)
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    Credit line
    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
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  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2nd February-22nd April 2012, Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin, Andrew Topsfield, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2012), no. 33 on p. 86, p. 88, illus. p. 87

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