The Taj, Agra, from the river.
Photographer: Impey, Eugene Clutterbuck
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph from an album of 80 albumen prints taken by Eugene Clutterbuck Impey, giving a view of the Taj from the river. The Taj Mahal was built on the banks of the river Yamuna in Agra by the Emperor Shah Jahan (ruled 1628-58) as a tomb for his favourite wife Arjumand Banu Begum. Constructed over a period of 12 years and involving the work of many thousands of skilled artisans, the Taj is the culmination of the evolution of Mughal architecture. Variously described as 'the most graceful and the most impressive of the sepulchres of the world', 'a dream in marble', 'a poem in marble', 'a teardrop on the cheek of time', the Taj reflects a variety of tints and tones according to changes in light. It is set on a plinth and has elegant minarets at each corner and faces a charbagh style garden with a marble water channel running through it. The complex is surrounded by a high wall punctuated with domed pavilions as illustrated.