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The Taj Mahal
Title The Taj Mahal
Museum Name National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru
Gallery Name Reserve Collection
Object Type Painting
Main Material Oil on Canvas
Main Artist William Hodges
Artist's Nationality United Kingdom
Artist's Life Date / Bio Data 1744 - 1797
Country London, United Kingdom
Dimensions 149.5 cm x 89 cm
Brief Description This painting is of view of the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, painted from across the Yamuna river, also shown in the painting. A well constructed landscape, that employs all the techniques of Western academic landscape painting, including that of perspective through the silhouette of a ruined building shown in the foreground. William Hodges was the only child of Ann and Charles Hodges, a blacksmith of St James's Market, London. On his return to England in 1775, Hodges was employed by the Admiralty, supervising engravings being made after studies drawn on the voyage. He was also engaged in working up large-scale oil paintings intended to commemorate the voyage. Hodges was an English landscape painter, who was the pupil and assistant of Richard Wilson. His work took on a more personal character when he traveled as draughtsman on Captain James Cook's ship. He did pictures for Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery and also tried to elevate his landscapes by combining them with moralistic subject matter.