Hoomayoon's Tomb, Delhi.
Photographer: Saché, John Edward
Medium: Photographic print
A photograph, from the 'Album of Indian Views', of Humayun's Tomb taken by John Edward Saché in the 1860s. Built in 1565, the tomb of the second Mughal Emperor Humayun (r.1530-40 & 1555-56), was commssioned by his wife Haji Begum. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent and is architecturally important because its plan and form were precursors to those of the Taj Mahal. The tomb built of red sandstone trimmed with white marble is placed on a high plinth and is surmounted by an imposing white marble dome. It is often called "a dormitory of the House of Timur" as the graves in the complex include Humayun's wives and Shah Jahan's eldest son, Dara Shikoh.