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Gateway of the Taj, Agra.

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Agra (photographed)

  • Date:

    1858-1860 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Beato, Felice (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Museum number:

    80086

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Public access description

    The long perspective in this photograph shows the main gateway to the Taj Mahal as seen from inside the Taj enclosure.

    The photographer was Felice Beato (born about 1830; died after 1904). He travelled through India after the so-called ‘Mutiny' or uprising of the Indian army in 1857 and took photographs of the sites associated with it. He also took more general photographs of the most important monuments of the cities he visited. This is one of them.

  • Physical description

    This photograph shows the main gateway of the Taj Mahal. This is a view of it as seen from inside the Taj encloser. A marble canal with fountain heads runs from the gateway to the Taj and on either side of the canal are trees and bushes. There are several people in the mid-ground which give a sense of scale to the building.

  • Marks and inscriptions

    Negative number in bottom right hand corner.

  • Dimensions

    Length: 28.8 cm, Height: 22.6 cm, Length: 33 cm mount, Height: 26.5 cm mount

  • Object history note

    This photograph was initially part of the photographic collection held in the National Art Library. The markings on the mount are an indication of the history of the object, its movement through the museum and the way it is categorised.
    The mount is green, it has a label with the title on it on the right hand side.

  • Historical context note

    The photographer, Felice Beato, travelled through India after the ‘Mutiny' or 1857 uprising of the Indian army and took photographs of the sites associated with it. He also took more general photographs of the most important monuments of the cities he visited, this being one of them.

  • Descriptive line

    Photograph of the Gateway to the Taj Mahal, Agra, India by Felice Beato, 1858-60.

  • Collection code

    South & South East Asia Collection