Delhi has served as a cultural center of North India for more than a
millennium in different incarnations. This exhibition focuses on the 18th
century to the mid-19th century, the crucial period when Delhi moved from
being the heart of the late Mughal Empire to becoming the jewel in the
crown of the British Raj.
The exhibition examines Mughal artistic culture in the 18th and 19th
centuries to highlight the interwoven nature of Mughal, European and
regional patronage networks within which Delhi artists operated.
Approximately 100 objects include works by Delhi-based court artists Nidha
Mal and Chitarman, and less familiar works by artists such as Ghulam
Murtaza Khan, Ghulam Ali Khan and Mazhar Ali Khan. In addition to Mughal
miniatures produced under later emperors -- Muhammad Shah (reigned
1719-1748) up to Bahadur Shah "Zafar" (reigned 1837-1858) -- this
exhibition highlights a selection of Company School paintings produced for
Delhi-based personalities such as William Fraser, James Skinner and Thomas
Metcalfe. Select photography, drawings and decorative arts are also
William Dalrymple and Yuthika Sharma are guest curators of the exhibition.