Gate of the Tomb of the Emperor Akbar at Secundra, near Agra
Artist and engraver: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
Plate 9 from the first set of Thomas Daniell's 'Oriental Scenery.' The Mausoleum of Akbar was built by his son Jahangir between 1605 and 1613. It lies at the centre of a huge garden, enclosed by high battlemented walls with four gateways of red sandstone. The main entrance to the south has patterned inlays of white marble and coloured stones, and has marble minarets standing at the four corners. The tops of the minarets had been shot away in the wars of the18th century, but were restored in the early 20th century. The view shows the encampment of tents pitched outside the main gateway occupied by some of the British military party and their servants which Thomas and William Daniell joined to visit Agra and Delhi in 1789.