Drawing Hiding The Taj Mahal WW2

Drawing Hiding The Taj Mahal WW2. An intriguing image of the Taj Mahal, the dome covered in bamboo scaffolding. This was originally drawn by James Fletcher Watson in 1942.  This is a 25 years old print of the original drawing and measures 8.5x 6 inches. In world war II, the Taj Mahal was assumed to be one of the air raid targets of the German or Japanese fighter planes.

It was then the Taj Mahal’s dome was camouflaged with bamboo scaffolding in 1942 to mislead the bombers. Although the fighter planes then were modern for its time, but unlike today, the target visibility was more by the naked eye. The view from the top may have looked like a heap of stacked bamboos.

All these may or may not be true, but pure hearsay about the Taj Mahal’s camouflaging. There is no official writeup of this and the photos of the camouflage are rare to find in any books or magazines. Read more in- You’ll Be Amazed To Know How The Taj Mahal Was Protected During World War-II and see also How did the British hide the gleaming beauty of the Taj from their enemies during WWII?. The illustrator of this image James Fletcher Watson was born in 1913 and died in 2004.

He was a British-born watercolor artist. At the time of British India rule, James Fletcher Watson was with the Royal Engineers. He was sent to India to oversee camouflage. The Taj’s concealing with bamboo perhaps was one of his works in camouflaging.

See more- Old India Photo-Aerial Photo of Taj Mahal & Bi-Plane 1932; Raja Ravi Varma’s Saraswati Oleograph c1910; Antique India Print-Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s Cavalcade c1844; Antique Print-Plan Of Fort Cochin And City c1761

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