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Robert Smith, 1787–1873

Inside the Main Entrance of the Purana Qila, Delhi

Former Title(s):

A View from the Inside of the Main Entrance of the Purana Qila, Delhi [1985, Cormack, YCBA Concise Catalogue]

Oil on canvas
30 1/16 x 42 inches (76.4 x 106.7 cm)

Signed and dated, lower left: "RS 1825 [?]"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
ancient | arches | architectural subject | architecture | bricks | colonel | costume | fort | horses (animals) | landscape | men | monument | mosque | rocks (landforms) | ruins | soldiers
Associated Places:
Delhi | India
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

During his lengthy career in India, Colonel Robert Smith served as an architect, archaeologist, painter, and military engineer. As Garrison Engineer at Delhi, Smith was responsible for the preservation of some of the city's ancient monuments, including the Purana Qila, or "'old fort."' This structure had been built in the sixteenth century, and continued to be used as a fort under British control.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2005

Imaginative Geographies (Yale Center for British Art, 2006-02-01 - 2006-08-18) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Company Culture (Yale Center for British Art, 2003-09-16 - 2004-01-05) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Edward Lear and the Art of Travel (Yale Center for British Art, 2000-09-20 - 2001-01-14) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

The Raj - India and the British 1600 - 1947 (National Portrait Gallery, 1990-10-19 - 1991-03-17) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

C. A. Bayly, The Raj, India and the British, 1600-1947 , National Portrait Gallery, London, 1990, pp. 208-9, cat. no. 257, DS428 R25 1990 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 208-209, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Martina Droth, Britain in the world: Highlights from the Yale Center for British Art in honor of Amy Meyers, Yale University Press, New Haven, London, p. 116, N6761 .Y33 2019 (LC) (YCBA) [YCBA]

John McAleer, Picturing India People, Places, and the World of the East India Company, The British Library, London, p. 114, fig. 3.27, N8214.5.I5 M43 2017 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Morna O'Neill, Company Culture:, British Artists and the East India Company 1770-1830: October 16, 2003-January 11, 2004 , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2003, no. 1, V 1199 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Romita Ray, Under the banyan tree, relocating the picturesque in British India , The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, New Haven, p. 211, N8214.5.I5 R39 2013 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Tours in upper India, and in parts of the Himalaya mountains; with accounts of the courts of the native princes, &c., Richard Bentley, London, vol. 1, p. 107, WB 43667 (LSF) [ORBIS]

Stuart Cary Welch, The British view of India, selected English paintings from the Paul Mellon collection , American Federation of Arts, New York, 1978, N8214.5 I5 B75 1978 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Scott Wilcox, Edward Lear and the art of travel, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2000, pp. 182-3, no. 200, NJ18 L455 W55 2000 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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