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British India: Palace and Fort at Agra.

British India: Palace and Fort at Agra.

Artist: Hardinge, Charles Stewart (1822 - 1894)

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1847

Shelfmark: X738/1(5)

Item number: 73815

Length: 37

Width: 26

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Plate 5 from "Recollections of India. Part 1. British India and the Punjab" by James Duffield Harding (1797-1863) after Charles Stewart Hardinge (1822-1894), the eldest son of the first Viscount Hardinge, the Governor General. This represents the view as seen from the Palace and Fort of Agra. A major part of the Royal Fort was constructed around 1566 by the Moghul Emperor Akbar the Great, on the remains of an old mud fort, dating back to 10th century. Every succeeding Moghul Emperor, as well as the Sikhs and the British, added a pavilion, palace or wall to the fort. Emperor Jehangir extended the gardens and constructed the palaces in Jehangir's Quadrangle, while Shah Jehan added Diwan-e-Khas, Moti Masjid and his Sleeping Chambers. Aurangzeb built the impressive main gate. The famous Sheesh Mahal (the mirror palace) is in the northwest corner of the Fort.

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