Interior of the Hammam at the Red Fort, Delhi, Furnished According to English Taste, Opaque watercolor on paper

Interior of the Hammam at the Red Fort, Delhi, Furnished According to English Taste

Object Name:
Illustrated single work
Date:
ca. 1830–40
Geography:
Mint India, Delhi
Medium:
Opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
H. 9 1/8 in. (23.2 cm)
W. 12 1/8 in. (30.8cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art, 1994
Accession Number:
1994.71
Not on view
It was not unusual for the resident British of nineteenth-century Delhi to buy ruined or abandoned Mughal or Sultanate buildings and monuments, which they then converted from their original functions to habitable spaces. This painting illustrates the conversion of a hammam (bath house) into a living room, complete with a piano or harpsichord, a bench, and an assortment of glass bottles and other objects. The white floor inlaid with flower motifs resembles that of the hammam at the Red Fort in Delhi, where a British national had been installed by the early nineteenth century.
[ Terence McInerney, New York, until 1994; sold to MMA]