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The emperor Bahadur Shah

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  • Description

    Europeanised in its full-face portraiture and modelling, this sadly gazing nobleman is the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah II (r.1837-1858). Like his father, seen in the previous painting [LI118.33], he ruled India in name only, and his domains hardly reached beyond the Red Fort. Already an old man when he came to the throne, he had spent much of his life in the pursuit of Urdu poetry. For his nominal leadership of the Indian Rebellion of 1857, he was deposed by the British and died in exile.

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    Associated place
    AsiaIndianorth IndiaNational Capital Territory of Delhi Delhi (place of creation)
    1855 - 1858
    Mughal Period (1526 - 1858)
    Associated people
    Bahadur Shah II (ruled 1837 - 1858) (subject)
    Material and technique
    gouache on paper
    frame 49.7 x 37.2 x 2.5 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 36 x 24 cm (height x width)
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    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. 34 on p. 88, p. 86, illus. p. 89

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