The Taj Mahal

William Hodgeslate 1780s

National Gallery of Modern Art

National Gallery of Modern Art
New Delhi, India

This is an ethereal 18th Century painting of ‘The Taj Mahal’, set in an expansive vista. The painter William Hodges, was one of the earliest professional artists from the U.K. to come to India. He travelled through India in the early years of the 1780s, painting picturesque views in oil and watercolour. Hodges was enchanted by Islamic architecture and described ‘The Taj Mahal’ as “a most perfect pearl set on an azure ground”. The sublimity of this visualization can be seen in this painting.


  • Title: The Taj Mahal
  • Creator: William Hodges
  • Creator Lifespan: 1744/1797
  • Creator Nationality: British
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Date Created: late 1780s
  • Physical Dimensions: w1495 x h890 cm (Without frame)
  • Type: Oil on canvas
  • Rights: National Gallery of Modern Art, National Gallery of Modern Art

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