These objects look at the fascination which European travellers have had with examples of Islamic architecture within the Near East, the Middle East and beyond. By looking at a wide variety of objects from the V&A Prints, Drawings & Paintings collection, we journey through architectural, illustrative and topographical views of peoples, buildings and landscapes from countries united by a common Islamic cultural identity.
Samuel Bourne, The Fort, Palace of Akbar, Taj Mahal in the distance, 19th century. Museum no. 53:243
William Harvey, Measured drawing of the Dome of the Rock, pen, ink and colour, 1909. Museum no. E.1267-1963
R. P. Spiers, Interior of the Umayyad Mosque, Damascus, watercolour, 19th century. Museum no. E.5-1917
David Roberts, Egypt and Nubia, volume III, volume of lithographs, about 1850. Museum no. 95.H.44
Frank Dillon, Interior of a room, Cairo, gouache, about 1875. Museum no. SD.332
Felice Beato, After the Indian Mutiny, volume of photographs, about 1858. Museum no. X 131