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Humayun's Tomb

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Delhi (made)
    India (photographed)

  • Date:

    mid 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Beato, Felice (photographer)
    Beato, Felice (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen photographic print

  • Museum number:

    PH.2071-1905

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 131

Physical description

Photograph of Humayun's Tomb. The second Mughal emperor Humayun ruled from 1530-1540 and later from 1555-1556. Father of the emperor Akbar, Humayan died when he tripped up on his gown and fell down the stone steps of his library. His Tomb was completed in 1565 and is a designated World Heritage Site.

Place of Origin

Delhi (made)
India (photographed)

Date

mid 19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Beato, Felice (photographer)
Beato, Felice (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen photographic print

Dimensions

Height: 24 cm, Width: 29.2 cm

Object history note

Beato had a particular interest in photographing military campaigns. The rich diversity of his work in India developed after his arrival in February 1858, where he photographed the aftermath of the Indian Mutiny of 1857 and devastation in Delhi, Cawnpore and Lucknow, famous for its massacre of Europeans by the Indian army. Beato's war photographs of India range from portraits of commanding officers to vast Indian landscapes and derelict forts and palaces.

Historical context note

There is little conclusive evidence about the life of the 19th century photographer Felice A. Beato, who was born in Venice between 1825 and 1830, but became a naturalised British subject. Beato is most recognised as a war photographer where his travel from Europe provided the opportunity to record military war in India after the Mutiny of 1857, the opium wars in China in 1860 and Japan in 1862. Beato later died in Burma, ca 1908-1909.

Descriptive line

Photograph by Felice Beato of Humayun's Tomb, after the Indian Mutiny, Delhi, India, about 1858

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

Masselos, Jim and Gupta, Narayani (2000) Beato's Delhi, 1857, 1997, Ravi Dayal, Delhi.

Materials

Albumen

Techniques

Albumen process

Subjects depicted

Architecture; Arches; Domes; Buildings; Tombs

Categories

Photographs; Architecture; Death; Royalty

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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