Gateway to the Taj Mahal, a mid 19th Century miniature watercolour


Agra School, mid 19th century. A particularly small oval picture in watercolour, approximate size 35mm x 28m, The miniature is unmounted but retains traces of old paper where it has been sealed with paper to a glass and was probably originally in a box or hardwood black frame. The miniature, finely painted and in bright condition shows the Gateway to the Taj Mahal against a clouded blue sky. The image has retained its particularly fresh colours although there is a very small area of loss in the bottom right foreground and some rubbing to the grass on the left has lost a small area of green. The miniature is one of the type produced as souvenirs in the mid nineteenth century and is of superior quality to the modern reproductions to be found today.

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