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View from palace in fort, Lahore

Photograph
ca. 1863-1864 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Samuel Bourne was in Lahore for several months before leaving in March 1864. He intended to write about the city for the British Journal of Photography, but circumstances prevented this. He took more then twelve photographs of Lahore, of which this is one.

Bourne photographed this impressive view from the Shish Mahal of Lahore Fort. Rising over the landscape and dominating the scene is the Badshahi Mosque. Its imposing gateway facing the marble pavilion in the Hazuri Bagh is just visible on the left. In the foreground an assortment of artillery lies in one corner of the Shish Mahal’s marble court. Overlooking the graceful curved roof of the Naulakha pavilion nearby is Ranjit Singh’s tomb.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Albumen print
Brief Description
Photograph of the View from the Palace in Lahore Fort.
Physical Description
This impressive view was taken from the Shish Mahal of Lahore Fort. Rising over the landscape and dominating the scene is the Badshahi Mosque, its imposing gateway facing the marble pavilion in the Hazuri Bagh just visible on the left. In the foreground and assortment of artillery lies in one corner of the Shish Mahal's marble court. Overlooking the graceful curved roof of the Naulakha pavilion nearby is Ranjit Singh's tomb.
Dimensions
  • Height: 22.1cm
  • Width: 29.1cm
Object history
Samuel Bourne was in Lahore for several months before leaving in March 1864. He intended to write about the city for the British Journal of Photography, but circumstances prevented this. He took more then twelve photographs of Lahore, four of which (including this one) were exhibited in Paris at the Universal Exhibition of 1867. This image was also shown at the 1873 Vienna Exhibition.
Subject depicted
Summary
Samuel Bourne was in Lahore for several months before leaving in March 1864. He intended to write about the city for the British Journal of Photography, but circumstances prevented this. He took more then twelve photographs of Lahore, of which this is one.



Bourne photographed this impressive view from the Shish Mahal of Lahore Fort. Rising over the landscape and dominating the scene is the Badshahi Mosque. Its imposing gateway facing the marble pavilion in the Hazuri Bagh is just visible on the left. In the foreground an assortment of artillery lies in one corner of the Shish Mahal’s marble court. Overlooking the graceful curved roof of the Naulakha pavilion nearby is Ranjit Singh’s tomb.
Bibliographic Reference
Stronge, S. (Ed.) "The Arts of the Sikh Kingdoms", V&A, 1999p. 240, Cat. 222
Other Number
416 - Negative number
Collection
Accession Number
52901

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record createdDecember 23, 2002
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