The Mausoleum of Akbar at Secundrabad

early 1800s
Overall: 45.7 x 60.3 cm (18 x 23 3/4 in.)
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Before the invention of photography, British travelers in India collected watercolor sketches of monuments and picturesque scenes. This tomb near Agra marks the burial place of one of India’s most illustrious rulers, the Mughal emperor Akbar (1542–1605). In reality it is dominating in scale and ornamented with complex geometric and floral motifs articulated in multicolored stone inlays, relief carvings, and paintings. In this sketch, the site has been rendered in the muted tones that appealed to British taste of the time, and its ornament has been reduced and simplified, giving little indication of its grandeur.
The Mausoleum of Akbar at Secundrabad

The Mausoleum of Akbar at Secundrabad

early 1800s

India, Company School, early 19th century

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