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The avenue at Baber's Tomb

The avenue at Baber's Tomb

Artist: Atkinson, James (1780 - 1852)

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1842

Shelfmark: X614(23)

Item number: 614/23

Length: 24.7

Width: 36.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

This is plate 23 from 'Sketches in Afghaunistan' by James Atkinson. This grove of magnificent chinar trees led to the tomb of Babar, the founder of the famous Mughal dynasty. The place was divided into numerous terraces about twenty feet wide, creating a line of diminutive artificial cascades, supplied with water from the mountains. The water flowing from the numerous falls then ran into a square reservoir. Atkinson noted: "There is a wide path on each side of these terraces, and on every Friday night - the Mahommedan Sabbath - the walks of this favourite grove are filled 'from morn till dewy eve' with crowds of people in their holiday attire - the women always veiled in their boorkas, and each enjoying with apparent delight the social scene around."

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