Fac-simile of the inlaid work on the tomb at Agra, called Taje-Mahal, or Crown of the Seraglio
Plate seventy-five from the third volume of James Forbes' "Oriental Memoirs". Forbes(1749-1819)wished to go on a journey to Ahmedabad the newly conquered city in Gujarat. He set out in the April of 1781 after having completed the work of collecting revenue in Dhaboi.The journey took him through the town of Betwa where he was delighted to see the mausoleums made from the 'finest marbles that could be procured...the ornamental parts consisting of the most elegant borders in a sort of arabesque pattern, with festoons of fruit and flowers intheir natural colours, ...composed entirely of agates, cornelians, turquoise, lapis-lazuli... Forbes however acknowledged the fact that it was certainly inferior to those at Agra and Delhi. In a letter published in his "Memoirs" he describes for comparison the arabesque patterns inlaid with precious stones in the Taj Mahal, the world-famous mausoleum at Agra, completed by Shah Jehan(1627-1658), the 'Master Builder' amongst the Mughal emperoros of India, in 1648 in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal.