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Photograph - Ranjit Singh's tomb from the top of Ranjit Singh's palace, Lahore
  • Ranjit Singh's tomb from the top of Ranjit Singh's palace, Lahore
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Ranjit Singh's tomb from the top of Ranjit Singh's palace, Lahore

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Lahore (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1860-1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Museum number:

    2469-1900

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This image was taken from Ranjit Singh’s palace in Lahore. It focuses on his samadhi, the structure erected over the place of his cremation, and manages to capture a number of carts positioned in the courtyard. This gives a sense of activity rarely seen in early photographs. The fuzziness surrounding the carts would have been caused by people or livestock moving around the well.

Ranjit Singh (1780-1839) was a Sikh chief who was known as the Lion of the Punjab. He was proclaimed the first Sikh Maharaja of Punjab in Lahore, in 1801. He united the Sikh provinces and became the most powerful ruler in India.

Physical description

This photograph was taken from a slightly different view to that chosen by Bourne (see 52901), enabling the photographer to focus on the tomb of Ranjit Singh and including a number of carts positioned in the courtyard, giving a sense of activity rarely seen in early photographs. The fuzziness surrounding the carts would have been caused by people or livestock moving around the well.

Place of Origin

Lahore (made)

Date

ca. 1860-1870 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print

Dimensions

Height: 19.2 cm, Width: 25 cm

Descriptive line

Photograph of Ranjt Singh's tomb taken from Ranjit Singh's palace, Lahore.

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

Stronge, Susan (ed). The Arts of the Sikh Kingdoms, V&A Publications, London, 1999, Plate 231.

Subjects depicted

Architecture, Buildings

Categories

Photographs

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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