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Painting - Seven drawings of Mughal architecture

Seven drawings of Mughal architecture

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

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

  • Date:

    ca.1820 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • 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. They represent a fusion of traditional Indian artistic styles with conventions and technical features borrowed from western art. Some Company paintings were specially commissioned, while others were virtually mass-produced and could be purchased in bazaars.

This example depicts the tomb of Itimad ud-Daula, the title given to Mirza Ghiyath Beg, a senior court official under the Mughal Emperor Jahangir (r.1605-1628). It was the first building to be constructed entirely of marble in Mughal India and was designed by his daughter.

Physical description

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

Place of Origin

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


ca.1820 (drawn)



Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed on back in Persian characters


Height: 49.5 cm, Width: 64 cm

Descriptive line

Architectural drawing, Agra, ca.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


Watercolour; Paper

Subjects depicted

Architecture, Mughal


Architecture; Drawings; Indian Company Paintings


South & South East Asia Collection

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