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Main façade and entrance courtyard of the Zamindar's House, Fatehpur Sikri 1003640

Main façade and entrance courtyard of the Zamindar's House, Fatehpur Sikri 1003640

Photographer: Smith, Edmund William

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1893

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(640)

Item number: 1003640

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Zamindar Durga Pershad's house, near Fatehpur Sikri, from the

Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by Edmund William Smith in 1893. Reproduced in photogravure in E.W. Smith, 'The Moghul architecture of Fathpur-Sikri' (4 vols, Allahabad, 1894-98), vol 3, pl. 63.

The house is considered a fine example of Mughal domestic architecture, and at this time was still the zamindar's residence. Built of red and white stone and covered with richly carved jali screens, the house was partly erected by Durga Pershad's ancestors during Akbar's reign (r.1556-1605). It was finally completed eighty years before this photograph for the Archaeological Survey of India.

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