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

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
  • Description

    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.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscribed in ink, verso UL and LL: "45"

  • Provenance

    Charles Isaccs Photographs

  • Notes

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

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