The Palace, Dig, Bharatpur (Rajputana). 5 December 1868
Artist: Leighton, Stanley (1837-1901)
Water-colour drawing of the Palace at Dig, Bharatpur (Rajputana) by Stanley Leighton (1837-1901), dated 5 December 1868. Inscribed on the mount in pencil is: 'Deeg - The Palace. Sat 5. Dec. 1868.'
Although Deeg has an ancient history, it came to prominence when the Jat ruler, Badan Singh (1722-56) developed it as the capital of his newly founded kingdom. Most of the palaces here were built by his son, Suraj Mal of Bharatpur, the largest of which, the Ghopal Bhawan, was the king's summer residence. The palaces at Deeg are typical of Jat architecture with many arches, pillars domes and the abundant utilisation of water features and leafy gardens.