Gateway in the Durbar, Khatmandoo. 1858
Artist: Oldfield, Henry Ambrose (1822-1871)
Watercolour of a gateway in the Durbar (Royal Palace) at Kathmandu by Henry Ambrose Oldfield (1822-1871), c. 1858. The image is inscribed on the reverse: 'Gateway in the Durbar, Khatmandoo. 1858'.
The old Royal Palace, often referred to as the Hanuman Dhoka, is located on the Durbar Square in the old city, as is the Kumari Chowk, home of Kathmandu's 'living goddess'. Dr Oldfield, who was Residency Surgeon at Kathmandu from 1850-1863, wrote in 'Sketches from Nipal, Historical and Descriptive...' (1880), "The most important building in the city is the darbar, which is situated in its centre...The darbar covers a considerable extent of ground, and is of an irregular quadrangle form. To the north it is open to the city, and is flanked by the lofty Talliju temple. At the southern end is the council-chamber, the Basantpur, and the long modern darbar or public reception room. On the east it encloses the royal garden and stables, and on the west, which is its principal front it is open to the street, and forms one side of a rambling irregular square, in which are clustered a number of Hindu temples...Besides those which are around, there are several temples within the precincts of the darbar; but their lofty gilt roofs rising one above the other, and tapering to pinnacles above, are the only parts of them which are visible from the street."