The Qutub Minar in 18th and 19th century

, Hazrat-E-Dilli

Qutub Minar was not named after Qutbuddin Aibak
It was originally called Mazina ( muezzin ‘ s tower ).
First use of word Qutub was recorded in 18th c by Ensign Blunt.
It was a local legend that this was Qutub Sahab ‘s Laat or staff – a Sufi saint connected to heaven with his Laat.
Some paintings and photos from 18th & 19th c
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A view by Karl Bertuch of the Qutb Minar and the Red Fort, from the ‘Bilderbuch fur Kinder’ (1790-1820)

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“The Kotub Minar, near Delhi,” from the Illustrated London News, 1857

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“The Tower of Kootub, plain of Delhi,” from the Illustrated London News, 1875

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“The Kootub, from a photograph,” from “The Land of the Veda,” by William Butler, 1872

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“Scene at the Kootab Minar, after the capture of the king of Delhi,” from the Illustrated Times, 1858

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‘Views in India, Saint Helena& Car Nicobar, drawn from nature and on stone by John Luard’ (London: Dickinson, 1838)

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“Kuttub Minor, Delhi. [The Qutb Minar],” an aquatint by Thomas Daniell, 1805
At @BLAsia_Africa

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Qutub Minar by SitaRam
Early 19th c
Sir Syed called haft minar
Based on this looks correct.

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And this is by Mazhar Khan in 1840 for Metcalfe.
Guess which is the building in the foreground!
Obviously the patron Metcalfe ‘s summerhouse Dilkusha

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Qutub minar during 1858

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