John Murray Photograph: Entrance gate to the Taj Mahal

Detail of a pattern

At A Glance

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  • Creator

    Murray, John, 1809-1898
  • Dates

    circa 1858-1862
  • Physical Description

    1 Print (albumen print from wax paper negative, image 36 x 45 cm on 39 x 45 cm. paper.)
  • Collection ID


  • Scope and Contents

    1 print, albumen from a wax paper negative, by John Murray, circa 1858-1862. Detail of gateway to the Taj Mahal, Agra, with figures.
  • Biographical / Historical

    John Murray (1809-1898) was a British medical doctor working in India who devoted much of his professional career to fighting cholera, but today he is remembered for his superb images of Mughal architecture in and around Agra and the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. This photograph depicts one of Murray's favorite subjects, the Taj Mahal. Considered to be one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture, the Taj Mahal is a mausuoleum built by the Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
  • Local Numbers

    FSA A2001.03
  • Creator

    Murray, John, 1809-1898
  • Place

    Agra (India)
    India -- Uttar Pradesh -- Agra
  • Topic

    Taj Mahal (Agra, India)
  • Custodial History

    Purchase, 2001.
  • Archival Repository

    Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
  • Type

    Collection descriptions
    Archival materials
    Albumen prints
  • Citation

    John Murray Photograph: Entrance gate to the Taj Mahal. FSA.A2001.03. National Museum of Asian Art Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • Arrangement

    One oversized file folder.
  • Rights

    Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
  • Genre/Form

    Albumen prints
  • Restrictions

    Collection is open for research.

Repository Contact

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
National Museum of Asian Art Archives
Washington, D.C. 20013