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John Murray 
[The Taj Mahal from the Gateway] 
1864, January - March 
Albumen silver prints (3), from waxed paper negatives 
35 x 127 cm (13 3/4 x 50 ins) overall 
Metropolitan Museum of Art 
Gilman Collection, Purchase, Cynthia Hazen Polsky Gift, 2005, Accession Number:2005.100.315ac 
Curatorial description (Accessed: 14 October 2017)
Of all the photographs Murray made of the Taj, the most impressive are his triptych panoramas, taken from the roof of the entrance gate and looking down and across the formal gardens to the mausoleum beyond. Perched high above the heavily wooded gardens, the pale building appears almost translucent in the early morning sunlight. So often described as a tribute to feminine beauty, the monument itself becomes an architectural odalisque reclining against dark silky billows. 

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