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Mausoleum of Itimad-al-Daula, Agra 1799

Mausoleum of Itimad-al-Daula, Agra 1799

Artist: Latif (fl..1820s)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1820

Shelfmark: Add.Or.1799

Item number: 1799

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of the mausoleum of Itimad al-Daula in Agra by Latif, part of the Bax Collection, c. 1820-1822. Inscribed on front in English: 'Tomb of Ittameh ud Dowlah near Agra'; in Persian characters: 'Raudah i I'timad al-Daulah 'amal i Latif' (Mausoleum of I'timad al-Daula. The work of Latif).
This drawing is a view of the tomb of I'timad al-Daulah at Agra. This tomb was built by Nur Jahan, the favorite wife of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir (r.1605-27) in memory of her father Mirza Ghiyath Beg. A white marble rectangular building, the tomb stands in a garden on a stone platform situated on the banks of the river Jumna opposite the Fort-Palace complex. In the central chamber are the tombs of Itmad-ud-Daula and his wife. The delicately carved marble screens give a gentle light to the interior while inlaid pietra dura work adorns the walls and floors. The tomb is set within a charbagh, a four-fold garden.

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