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The Jama Masjid, by the Agra artist Latif

June 30, 1820
Architectural and Building
Akbar Shah II 1806–1837

The Jama Masjid, by the Agra artist Latif



Fig.19: THE JAMA MASJID, by the Agra artist Latif, c. 1820. Latif was one of the best ktiwn artinta ot an hitetural drawings in Agra as well as an architect. His drawings show the monuments in elevation against a plain background. Here he imposes a strict bilateral AVImetr an the monument that is derived from earlier views of the Delhi palaces. The yplavet eftect of the sde walls suggests that Latif was making use of a camera obscura. The drawn, is from a set of twenty views mostly of Agra collected by John Bax (1793- 1 8o3) who was in the Bombay Civil Service from 1812 onwards. Latif was responsible tor the design of the Mughal-style mausoleum of Col. John Hessingg (d. 1803) in Agra, and acconding to Fanny l'arkes in 1835 also 'inlays marble with precious stones, after the style of the work in the Taj (Parkes 1850, vol. I, 418, 15 March 1835). Watercoior, 53.5 x 71 cm. British Library, London, Add.Or.1806.

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Very good information.


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