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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Request to view at the Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H , Case DELTA, Shelf 12


ca. 1858-1862 (made)
Place Of Origin

A photograph of the Taj Mahal from the East, with Dr. Murray seated in the foreground.

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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Albumen print and waxed paper negative
Brief Description
Photograph by John Murray of the Taj Mahal with Dr Murray in the foreground, Agra, ca. 1858-1862.
Physical Description
A photograph of the Taj Mahal from the East, with Dr. Murray seated in the foreground.
  • Height: 37.1cm
  • Width: 43.6cm
Historical context
Born in 1809, Dr. John Murray lived and worked in India from 1833-1871. Initially working in the medical service of the East India Company, during his twenty year residency in Agra he was promoted to Deputy Inspector of Hospitals where he led the fight against cholera. Murray's photographic career developed in 1849 until 1865 and during his travels to Sikandra, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra he recorded various historic sites including a series of panoramas of the Taj Mahal in Agra. After his retirement in 1870, Murray returned to England where he continued to publish several medical journals until his death in 1898 .
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Bibliographic Reference
Mark Haworth Booth (1984) The Golden Age of British Photography 1839-1900, Oxford.
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record createdJune 9, 2003
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