Taj-Mahal, Agra

Taj-Mahal, Agra

Object Title:

Taj-Mahal, Agra




Charles W. Bartlett


British, 1860 - 1940


Watercolor on paper


8 5/8 x 11 1/2 in. (21.9 x 29.2 cm)

Credit Line:

Gift of Anna Rice Cooke, 1931 (12485)

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Bartlett's signature to this work, "Charles W. Bartlett. 1915. Agra.," suggests that it was done in Agra before he left India for Japan in the autumn of that year. Together with the other watercolor nearby, it is a rare example of his work during his travels in India. Most of Bartlett's surviving images of the Taj Mahal and other Indian scenes were either produced in Japan, in the case of his first series of prints published by Watanabe Shözaburö, or after his arrival in Hawaii. Bartlett's watercolors done in India attracted Watanabe's attention, and it was works like these that encouraged the young Japanese publisher to approach him for woodblock print designs. Bartlett's depictions of India show a particular concern for lighting effects during different times of day. This is especially true for the Taj Mahal, since the building's white marble facade changed dramatically depending on the light. (2009)