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The Taj Mahal from the garden, Agra

The Taj Mahal from the garden, Agra

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David (1845-1907)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(517)

Item number: 1003517

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Taj Mahal seen from the garden at Agra, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections taken by Joseph David Beglar during the 1870s. The Taj Mahal was built between 1631 and 1643 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (r.1628-58) as a mausoleum for his beloved wife Arjumand Banu Begum, who was also known by the title Mumtaz Mahal. Built of white marble inlaid with precious stones, the mausoleum is square in plan and surmounted by a bulbous dome. It stands on a plinth with a minaret at each of the four corners, sited at the northern end of enclosed formal gardens of the Persian ‘char bagh’ form where a square garden is divided equally into four smaller quadrants. This is a view of the mausoleum from the garden, with the building partially obscured by foreground trees

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