Sikandra. Suraj Bhan Bagh. The south facade of a 17th century house within the garden, from the east
Photographer: Smith, Edmund William
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Suraj Bhan Bagh at Sikandra in Uttar Pradesh, from the Archaeological Survey of India, taken by Edmund William Smith in 1893-4.
This view shows the south façade of the Suraj Bhan Bagh, a 17th century house, within the garden taken from the east. Smith wrote in Moghul Colour Decoration of Agra, 1901, "There is a sister house to the Kanch Mahal some little distance from it on the left hand side of the Agra road known as the Suraj Bhan-ka-Bagh...The south façade... and portions of the east and west ...are built in red sandstone, the remaining portions being finished off in stucco divided up into panels...In the centre [of the south front] is a great arch in front of the porch extending the whole height of the façade, and on each side is a wing divided into an upper or lower storey. In both storeys are large, deep, arched recesses. The back and side walls of the recesses are panelled from top to bottom and the spandrils are beautifully carved, similarly to those over the doorways in the Kanch Mahal."