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Mosque Futtipoor Sicri India aquatint William Hodges

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A View of the Mosque at Futtipoor Sicri


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Original antique topographical print


Hodges description is as follows: 'View of the Mosque at Futtypoor Sicri - The Town of Futtypoor was formerly known by the name of Sicri, and received its present Appellation from the Mogul Emperor Akbar, who entitled it Futtypoor, i.e. Place of Victory, from a decisive Defeat which he gave near it to the Patans in the beginniing of his reign. He adorned the Spot of Engagement with a beautitul Mosque, a Convent for Dervishes, and a fortified Palace, and, on the banks of an extensive Lake near the Town, he created Pleasure Houses, and a spacious Inclosure for playing at the Chougaun, an Amusement similar to the Scotch Exercise of Goff, only with this Difference, that the Players at Chougauu are mounted on Horses, and use, long Maces headed with Iron. The artificial Bank, which formed the Lake, has been since broken down, and that Part which was covered with Water thrown into Cultivation and however more useful, is Certainly less beautiful; but Futtypoor was still more delightful to the Emperor, from the Circumstance of its being the Residence of a holy Dervish, Shekh Selum Chishtee, whose Memory is still highly venerated throughout Hindostan. Akbar had lost several Sons in their Infancy, and was fearful he should leave no male Issue. In order to prevent so great an Affliction, he besought the Prayers of the holy Sheikh, and lent Two of his pregnant Wives to lye-in at his Hermitage, hoping that their Issue would receive Benefit from the Shekh's Prayers. Two Sons were born, and the eldest was named Selum, in Compliment to the Sheikh, and succeeded his Father Akbar by the Title of Jehanuguir. Futtypoor has ever since been a celebrated Resort for pregnant Ladies, who come to pray at the Tomb of the Saint, and whose Descendants, living near it, reap great Benefit from the Offering of such Pilgrims.' CONDITION: Very good, very faint mark crossing the top left corner of the image and some faint spotting in lower margin outside platemark. Mounted with conservation museum board and backing.

Additional Information

artist William Hodges RA
method Aquatint
date 1786
size 420mm by 560mm (sheet)