Robert C. Tytler

Upper and Lower Sections of Qutb Minar, Delhi

c. 1857-1858, printed 1859
These images of the monumental Qutb Minar, a thirteenth-century minaret built of red sandstone, were produced by Robert and Harriet Tytler as studies for a painting. Both amateur photographers, they were stationed in Delhi, where Robert was serving as an officer in the British army, during the 1857 Indian uprising. As a distraction from these traumatic events, Major Tytler convinced his wife to embark on a painting project to create a visual record of the city in circular panoramic format. Qutb Minar is considered one of the finest examples of early Mughal architecture, and was a popular subject among early photographers.
Title
Upper and Lower Sections of Qutb Minar, Delhi
Date
c. 1857-1858, printed 1859
Medium
Photograph
Materials
albumen silver prints
Dimensions
95 x 41.1 cm overall; top sheet: 51 x 40.4 cm; bottom sheet: 50.2 x 41.1 cm
Nationality
British
Credit line
Gift of the Vancouver Public Library, 1997
Accession number
38614.1-2