In der Garten des Gross Moguls.
Lithograph. Sheet: 380 x 330mm, (15 x 13").
Agra Fort is a monument located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. The present-day structure was built by the Mughals, though a fort had stood there since at least the 11th century. The plan of Arga was typical of Islamic cities; a citadel on the edge of a fortified enclosure (which could be used to grow food in times of siege) adjoining a walled town. This scene depicts the garden of the fort, with an Elephant to the left, and a figure in traditional dress in the centre, standing in front of the highly decorative arches that surround the garden. Prince Waldemar of Prussia (1817-1849), encouraged by Alexander von Humboldt, commenced a scientific expedition to India in September 1844, reaching Calcutta in January 1845 via Athens, Egypt, and Ceylon, and travelled on to Patna, Kathmandu, Benaras, Delhi, Naini Tal and into Tibet. While the Anglo-Sikh wars ranged about them, the expedition gathered a huge amount of specimens and data on the cultural, historical, social and political scenery of India, and Waldemar, a keen and talented artist, made hundreds and hundreds of fine sketches and watercolours, depicting landscapes, village life and monuments as well as Anglo-Sikh battles. These were later skilfully turned into lithographs and published as 'Zur Erinnerung an die Reise nach Indien 1844-46'.
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