Dehli, Dewan i-Khas [sic. Nagina Masjid, Agra]
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph from the 'Bellew Collection: Architectural views in India', taken by an unknown photographer in the 1880s. This print has been incorrectly identified as the Diwan-i Khas in Delhi. In fact, the image shows the small mosque, the Nagina Masjid at Agra. Part of the complex of buildings within the magnificent Agra Fort, the small white mosque, the Nagina Masjid or Jewel Mosque was built for the private use of the palace in 1631-40 during the period of Shah Jahan (ruled 1628-58). The prayer chamber is two aisles deep, its facade made up of three cusped arches on slender piers. The larger central arch is emphasized by a curved cornice. The building is surmounted by three bulbous domes, of which the central one is the largest.