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Boorhaupore. The Musjid

Accession Number
1990/2.17

Title
Boorhaupore. The Musjid

Artist(s)
Francis Frith

Artist Nationality
British (modern)

Object Creation Date
circa 1858-1880

Medium & Support
albumen print on paper

Dimensions
8 in x 6 ½ in (20.32 cm x 16.51 cm);12 in x 14 in (30.48 cm x 35.56 cm);8 in x 6 ½ in (20.32 cm x 16.51 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Howard and Margaret Bond

Subject matter
In this photograph, Frith (or, more likely, one of the photographers that worked for his studio) captures the repetitive patterning of an arcade of columns at the musjid (mosque) in Boorhaupore, India (called Burhanpur today). The position of the camera at the far interior end of the colonnade emphasizes the decorative patterning of the arches and frames the landscape view in the background at the far end of the building. While this photograph was likely taken for commercial or touristic purposes, it reveals the aesthetic interests of photographing architecture at an early moment in the medium's history.

Physical Description
A view through the archway of a colonnade toward a landscape in the background.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
Architecture
India
Indian religious building fixtures
arches
architecture genres
archways
columns
columns (architectural elements)
masjids
mosques (buildings)
religious buildings
travel photography

2 Related Resources

British Empire
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Tourism
(Part of 9 Learning Collections)

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