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[The Taj Mahal from the Gateway]

Artist:
John Murray (British, Blackhouse, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 1809–1898 Sheringham, Norfolk county, England)
Date:
January–March 1864
Medium:
Albumen silver prints from waxed paper negatives
Dimensions:
Image: 35 x 127 cm (13 3/4 x 50 in.) overall
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Purchase, Cynthia Hazen Polsky Gift, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.315a–c
Not on view
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.
Acquired by eighth earl of Elgin (d. 1863); by descent to the Elgin archives; (sold, Sotheby's London, May 7, 1998, lot 24); Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York

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