Drawing Of The Hiding Of The Taj Mahal In WWII
This is a rare print from a drawing of the hiding of the Taj Mahal in WWII. Its dome is covered with bamboo scaffolding. It was originally drawn by James Fletcher Watson in 1942. The print is of a later period, and measures 8.5 x 6 inches. In world war II, the Taj Mahal was assumed to be one of the targets of German and Japanese fighter planes.
The British camouflaged the dome with bamboo to protect it from any enemy attacks. Although fighter planes then were modern for their times, but unlike today the target visibility was more by the naked eye. The camouflaging was to mislead them to look like a heaped stack of bamboo.
The artist of the drawing a Britisher, James Fletcher Watson, was born in 1913 and died in 2004. He was more into watercolour paintings. At the time of British India’s rule, James Fletcher Watson was with the British Military’s Royal Engineers. And was deputed to India to oversee camouflaging during WWII. The concealing of the Taj with bamboo was believed to be one of his designated tasks. Click on the photo for better view.
From the collection – Vintage Raja Ravi Varma “Saraswati” Oleograph., Taj Mahal & Flying Carpet Plane – Old Photo 1932., Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s Cavalcade – Old Print 1888., Fort Cochin – Antique Map Plan 1761.
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