Sikandra. Suraj Bhan Bagh. Entrance gate to the garden from the Agra road
Photographer: Smith, Edmund William
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the entrance to the Suraj Bhan Bagh at Sikandra in Uttar Pradesh, taken by Edmund William Smith in 1893-4, from the Archaeological Survey of India. This view shows the entrance gate of the Suraj Bhan Bagh, a 17th century house, to the garden from the Agra road. 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...The south-east and south-west angles of the east and west fronts (Plate CII) [this image] are treated altogether differently from the remainder of the façades...they are designed in conformity with the principal elevation and are almost counterparts of the wings upon the side of the main archway in front of the porch. They are so elaborately decorated with chiselled ornamentation in the form of exquisite geometrical frets, water-vases, &c., that the baldness of the remainder of the façade is made more apparent than it otherwise would have been."