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Entrance gateway to the Taj Mahal

Entrance gateway to the Taj Mahal

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: Add.Or.1141

Item number: 1141

Length: 20.5

Width: 30.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour by an anonymous artist working in the Calcutta style, part of the Wellesley Albums, c. 1798 - 1804.

This drawing is actually a river scene with a shrine, not the entrance to the Taj Mahal as the title suggests. This scene is most likely located on the Jumna or Ganges River in Uttar Pradesh. The European influences on painting style can clearly be seen in the way the foliage has been represented. In the Indian tradition it is not uncommon to see each leaf of a tree clearly defined, while here, and in the European tradition, the leaves of trees are often depicted by applying the paint with a blotting technique. There is a chance this scene is located near the Taj Mahal, as the Ganges River runs behind the mausoleum.

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