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Photograph - Interior of the Moti  Masjid, showing the marble saracenic Arches and Pillars, Agra
  • Interior of the Moti Masjid, showing the marble saracenic Arches and Pillars, Agra
    Bourne, Samuel, born 1834 - died 1912
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Interior of the Moti Masjid, showing the marble saracenic Arches and Pillars, Agra

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    India (photographed)

  • Date:

    c.1860s (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bourne, Samuel, born 1834 - died 1912 (Photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print from a wet collodion glass negative

  • Museum number:

    53250

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The Fort at Agra was built between 1565-1571 by the emperor Akbar (1556-1605). Sections of the Fort were added later with the Moti Masjid or Pearl mosque being built between 1648-1655 by the emperor Shah Jahan (1628-1658). This photograph shows a section of the white marble arches and pillars that surround the courtyard of the mosque on the north, south and east sides. The two men in the foreground give a sense of scale to the building.

Physical description

The Moti Masjid or Pearl mosque was built by the emperor Shah Jahan from 1648-1655. It stands at the highest point in the Fort. This photograph shows a section of the white marble arches and pillars that surround the courtyard of the mosque on the north, south and east sides. The two men in the foreground give a sense of scale to the building.

Place of Origin

India (photographed)

Date

c.1860s (photographed)

Artist/maker

Bourne, Samuel, born 1834 - died 1912 (Photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print from a wet collodion glass negative

Marks and inscriptions

signature and negative number in bottom right hand corner

Dimensions

Height: 24.3 cm Print, Width: 29.5 cm Print, Height: 26.2 cm Mount, Width: 32.5 cm Mount

Object history note

This photograph was initially part of the photographic collection held in the National Art Library. The markings on the mount are an indication of the history of the object, its movement through the museum and the way it is categorised.
The mount is white. Bottom Left: Label from Bourne catalogue with some handwritten text.
Bottom right: label with ‘ A.in. Agra’ and the word 'duplicate'

Descriptive line

Photograph of the Moti Masjid, Agra Fort, India by Samuel Bourne, 1860s

Techniques

Wet collodion process

Categories

Architecture; Photographs

Collection

East Asia Collection

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