The Durbar, or Royal Palace, Kirthipur (Nepal)
Artist: Oldfield, Henry Ambrose (1822-1871)
Watercolour of the Durbar, or Royal Palace at Kirtipur in Nepal, by Henry Ambrose Oldfield (1822-1871), dated c.1855. The image is inscribed on the front in ink: 'H.A. Oldfield. Nepal'; and on the back: 'No. 11 Part of the ruined Durbar, at Kirtipoor, Nepal.'
Dr Oldfield, who was Residency Surgeon at Kathmandu from 1850-1863, wrote in 'Sketches from Nipal, Historical and Descriptive...' (1880), "Kirtipur is raised between two hundred and three hundred feet above the level of the surrounding plain. It overlooks the city of Kathmandu on the north, and that of Patan towards the east, from each of which capitals it is distant about three miles...Kirtipur has never been an extensive city; but its almost impregnable position gave it an importance, disproportionate to its size, during the early period of Nipal history...The ruins of the darbar and some adjacent temples are situated on and around a small conical hill, which rises out of the western extremity of the town, whence they overlook and command the whole of the city. In its best estate the darbar was never a large one, but it is now so utterly in ruins that even its form and extent cannot be traced."