One of an extensive set of series H.A. Mirza & Sons, Delhi's leading photographer and postcard publisher at the time, made of the Darbar.
The Delhi Durbar of 1911 was one of the most "postcarded" events of the Raj, and the first time a reigning British monarch, George V and his wife Queen Mary (an avid postcard collector) attended.
The low angle of this splendid postcard of the mid-18th century tomb of Nawab Safderjung seems to widen at the bottom and reach towards the viewer. Note the two figures in white, almost invisible against the whitewash of the pedestal.
The final of the great three Darbars in Delhi - 1897, 1903 and 1911 - was also the most "postcarded" of Darbars, with numerous publishers seeking to out do each other with series illustrating the spectacle. While H.A. Mirza & Sons in Delhi probably
One of the earlier firmly dateable postcards by H.A. Mirza & Sons, the Chandni Chowk photography firm which was to become the dominant Delhi and northern Indian postcard publisher by 1905.
Postmarked Jaipur November 22, 1903 and Chicago Dec.
An early Tuck's painted postcard, and one of the earliest numbered series (2623) with an Indian theme. The theme suggests that the cards represents the Delhi Darbar of 1903 as other cards include the Viceregal Party.
The message on this card
[After the original painting by I. Snowman, from official sittings graciously granted by His Majesty.
[Original caption] His Most Excellent Majesty George V.
[Original caption, Verso] “Watching the Pageant, Delhi. The great Delhi Durbar is known by means of the vernacular press to the inhabitants of the remotest parts of India.
The Well at Sultan Nizamuddin in Delhi was constructed in 1321 in honor of Shaikh Nizamuddin Auliya (1236-1325) a SUfi saint who arrived in India long before the Mughals and preached a religion of love and mysticism.