THE SCREEN OF THE TAJ MAHAL, AGRA, INDIA, COMPANY SCHOOL, CIRCA 1800
watercolour on paper, watermarked 'J.Whatman', dated 181353 by 74.5cm.
The paper with some damages and restorations, some creases and discoloration, various stains, as viewed.
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Ex-collection Sir Charles Barry (1795-1860), architect of the Houses of Parliament.
This and the following lot both come from the collection of Sir Charles Barry (1795-1860). Sir Charles was the architect of the Houses of Parliament. His son, Sir John, was a renowned engineer, whose projects included the Tower of London. It is unclear when the drawing entered the collection of the Wolfe-Barry family, but it is likely that it was acquired in the first half of the nineteenth century, as these drawings were produced for a European audience.
This view shows the marble screen around the sarcophagus in the Taj Mahal at Agra. A similar drawing is now in the British Library, inv.no.Add.Or.990. A comparable view was sold at Christie's London, 25 May 1995, lot 7.