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MURRAY, Dr John.

The Jama Masjid from the garden (with waxed paper negative).

Stock Code
59691
1858
£4,500

The Jama Masjid was partly built by Akbar to align himself with great sultans of the past. It was also a means to please the Indian born Muslims who were essential allies to his court. Akbar, however was not an orthodox follower of Islam and had built another house of worship where diverse theologies are said to have been encouraged.

Although trained as a medical doctor, Dr. John Murray excelled as a photographer. The Scottish-born doctor was introduced to photography around 1849, while in the Medical Service of the Army of the East India Company. Stationed near the Taj Mahal in Agra, he evidently developed a considerable interest in the Mughal architecture of the region. Throughout the forty-year period that Murray lived and worked in India, he systematically recorded many famous buildings in and around Agra and the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

In the mid-1800s, no simple method of enlarging

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Description

Albumen print 37 x 47 cm. (15 x 18.5 inches) with waxed paper negative. Very good tonal range and sharp contrasts. Clean tear showing in both from lower middle margin upwards 10 cm and very small piece missing in upper margin of negative.

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