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The Fort -Agra- Palace of Akhar (marble)/ Taj in distance

Accession Number
1989/1.48

Title
The Fort -Agra- Palace of Akhar (marble)/ Taj in distance

Artist(s)
Samuel Bourne

Artist Nationality
British (modern)

Object Creation Date
1863-1875

Medium & Support
albumen print on paper

Dimensions
14 5/8 in x 18 in (37.2 cm x 45.7 cm);18 1/16 in x 22 1/16 in (45.88 cm x 56.04 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W. Howard Bond

Subject matter
This photograph depicts a vista overlooking the palatial Khas Mahal, the residence of the Mughal Emperor located inside the Agra Fort, in Agra, India. The façade of the structure is composed of five grand archways, above which hangs a wide overhanging roof that leads to a rooftop level encased by a stone railing. On left and right sides of the structure are short, cupola-topped watch towers. Adjacent to this residence are other buildings with similar archways and domed towers. In the foreground before the residence, upon a lower level lies a garden with trees and potted plants, along with a structure made of wood or metal that appears to be the support for a pavilion or tent. Standing on the level before the archways two figures converse, one standing while the other crouches on the ground. In the far distance the majestic form of the Taj Mahal stands out on the horizon. The crisp focus of this albumen print yields an astonishing clarity to the building’s ornamental details.

Physical Description
This photograph depicts a panorama view of a palatial structure with archways and two domed watchtowers on its roof. Before the structure stand two figures talking and a garden full of trees and potted plants.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
Agra
Cityscapes
archways
courtyards
distant views
domes
fortresses
forts
gardens (open spaces)
landscapes (environments)
palaces
white marble

2 Related Resources

British Empire
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Orientalism
(Part of 10 Learning Collections)

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