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Sikundra [Sikandra]. Agra. India. April 1878

Sikundra [Sikandra]. Agra. India. April 1878

Artist: North, Marianne (1830-1890)

Medium: Oil on paper

Date: 1878

Shelfmark: WD3221

Item number: 3221

Length: 34.4

Width: 47.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Painting

Oil painting on paper of the tomb of Akbar at Sikandra near Agra by Marianne North (1830-1890), dated April 1878. The mausoleum of Akbar (r. 1556-1605) is set in a huge garden surrounded by battlemented walls with a red sandstone gateway in the centre of each one. Marianne North visited India in 1877-79 and completed over 200 paintings whilst there. She wrote in Volume I of her 'Recollections of a Happy Life' (1892), "My friends drove me over to Sikandra, the tomb of Akbar, a wonderful building with magnificent gates, standing in a large walled park full of fine trees. The patterns on the marble tomb at the top of all were exquisite, and I spent a morning in trying to trace them. The tomb now has nothing but sky over it. Fergusson said it was intended to have a marble dome; the judge said no, only an awning. I think both: a dome in the centre to merely to cover the tomb, and an awning stretched from it to the side to to shelter the pilgrims who come to visit it."

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