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Painting - Seven drawings of Mughal architecture

Seven drawings of Mughal architecture

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

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

  • Date:

    ca.1820 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

‘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, India (possibly, made)
Agra, India (possibly, made)


ca.1820 (drawn)


unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on paper


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


Paper; Watercolour

Subjects depicted

Architecture, Mughal


Architecture; Drawings; Indian Company Paintings

Collection code


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