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Agra. Diwan-i-Khas

June 30, 1890
Architectural and Building
Babur II 1881-1920




Agra. Diwan-i-Khas 1890 Photoglob Co. (Zurich, active c. 1890-1910) India, 19th century Photochrom Image: 20.3 x 26.5 cm (8 x 10 7/16 in.); Paper: 20.3 x 26.5 cm (8 x 10 7/16 in.) Purchase from the Karl B. Goldfield Trust 2018.214 DID YOU KNOW? The rosy sky was an imaginative addition by the printers, as this print is based on a black-and-white photograph. DESCRIPTION This Hall of Private Audiences was built by Shah Jahan, who commissioned the Taj Mahal. There, he and the succeeding Mughal emperors met with courtiers and important guests. Several men in European dress exit the hall, while men in native garb labor in the lush gardens. The tiny figures emphasize the building’s grand scale. INSCRIPTION Imprinted in gold on recto in lower left corner: “20040. P.Z.-AGRA DIWAN-I-CHAS” PROVENANCE Bruno Tartarin, Photovintagefrance, Lorraine, France September 4, 2018 the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

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Very good information.


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