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John Murray 
The Taj Mahal from the East 
1853-1858 
  
Salted paper print 
35.1 x 46.0 cm (image) 
  
The Royal Collection 
RCIN 2701441 
  
 
LL/90969 
  
Photograph of the Taj Mahal from the east. The mausoleum is in the Mughal architectural style with a large onion-shaped dome and a central vaulted recess known as an iwan which is surrounded by decorative floral motifs and quotes from the Qur'an. There is a minaret at each corner. There is a pavilion to either side of the mausoleum and a summerhouse with a small cupola can be seen beyond the furthest pavilion. To the right is the Yamuna River and there is a man sitting on the riverbank in the foreground to the left.
 
This is one of a series of photographs of Agra by Dr John Murray which were published in a volume with accompanying captions by J Middleton. Murray was an East India Company doctor who used waxed-paper negatives to produce photographs of the Mughal architecture of Agra and the surrounding area. 
 

 
  
 
  
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