Exhibitions/ Art Object

The Diwan-i Khas from the Mussaman Burj, Agra Palace

Artist:
John Murray (British, Blackhouse, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 1809–1898 Sheringham, Norfolk county, England)
Date:
1862–64
Medium:
Waxed paper negative with applied media
Dimensions:
37.1 x 46.4cm (14 5/8 x 18 1/4in.) Frame: 68.7 x 122.6 cm (27 1/16 x 48 1/4 in.) (Framed with 1988.1134.2)
Classification:
Negatives
Credit Line:
Purchase, Cynthia Hazen Polsky Gift, 1988
Accession Number:
1988.1134.1
Not on view
Murray took up photography while serving in Agra as a medical doctor for the East India Company, and in 1857 published an extensive survey of the city. Unwilling to allow the technical limitations of his medium to prevent achieving the pictures he envisioned, Murray "corrected" his negatives by hand, adjusting the truth of the camera to fit the truth of observation and memory.
Inscription: Inscribed in ink, verso UL and LL: "45"
Charles Isaccs Photographs

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Beyond the Edges: An Insider's Look at Early Photographs," October 9, 1998–February 14, 1999.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photography: Processes, Preservation, and Conservation," January 30, 2001–May 6, 2001.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," October 10, 2012–January 27, 2013.

Mia Fineman, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," October 10, 2012–January 27, 2013.

Earl A. Powell III, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," February 17, 2013–May 5, 2013.

Earl A. Powell III, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," February 17, 2013–May 5, 2013.

Gary Tinterow, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," June 2, 2013–August 25, 2013.

Gary Tinterow, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," June 2, 2013–August 25, 2013.

Topsfield, Andrew, ed. In the Realm of Gods and Kings: Arts of India. London: The Asia Society Museum, 2004. no. 90.

FINEMAN, MIA. Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. no. 22, pp. 47, 210.



The negative is heightened with yellow chromate of potash and gum arabic.
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