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Painting - Interior of I'timad ad-Daula's tomb

Interior of I'timad ad-Daula's tomb

  • Object:

    Painting

  • Place of origin:

    Agra (possibly, made)
    Agra (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca.1820 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:

    AL.4203

  • Gallery location:

    South Asia, Room 41, case 23

‘Company paintings' were produced by Indian artists for Europeans living and working in the Indian subcontinent, especially British employees of the East India Company.

I’timad ad-Daula was Chief Minister to the emperor Jahangir. On his death in 1622, his daughter Nur Jahan (who was married to Jahangir), ordered the construction of his tomb which was completed in 1628. It is lavishly decorated with semi-precious stones like lapis lazuli, cornelian, onyx and topaz, inlaid into white marble.

Physical description

The interior of the mausoleum of Itimad ud-Daula at Agra is shown in splendid colour.

Place of Origin

Agra (possibly, made)
Agra (possibly, made)

Date

ca.1820 (drawn)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed on back in Persian characters

Dimensions

Height: 49.5 cm, Width: 64 cm

Descriptive line

Painting, architectural: Interior of I'timad ad-Daula's tomb, watercolour on paper, Agra, c.1820

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Archer, Mildred. Company Paintings Indian Paintings of the British period
Victoria and Albert Museum Indian Series London: Victoria and Albert Museum, Maplin Publishing, 1992 137 p. ISBN 0944142303

Labels and date

I’timad ad-Daula was Chief Minister to the emperor Jahangir. On his death in 1622, his daughter Nur Jahan (who was married to Jahangir), ordered the construction of his tomb which was completed in 1628. It is lavishly decorated with semi-precious stones like lapis lazuli, cornelian, onyx and topaz, inlaid into white marble. [July 2017]

Materials

Watercolour; Paper

Subjects depicted

Architecture, Mughal

Categories

Architecture; Drawings; Indian Company Paintings

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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