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The Fort at Amber, Rajasthan, showing part of the Raj Mahal from the opposite bank of the Maota Lake, and low arched buildings used as elephant stables at the water's edge

The Fort at Amber, Rajasthan, showing part of the Raj Mahal from the opposite bank of the Maota Lake, and low arched buildings used as elephant stables at the water's edge

Artist: Simpson, William (1823-1899)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: WD3951

Item number: 3951

Length: 47

Width: 70.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of the Fort at Amber in Rajasthan by William Simpson dated c.1860. This image shows part of the Raj Mahal from the opposite bank of the Maota Lake and the low arched buildings used as elephant stables at the water's edge. Sprawling over a ridge, the honey-toned fort-palace of Amber is a blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture and was the seat of the Kachchwaha clan of Rajputs who ruled the princely state of Jaipur in Rajasthan. Amber was begun by Raja Man Singh in the late 16th century, was added to by Raja Jai Singh and Sawai Jai Singh, and finally completed in the 18th century. The proportions of the building have been exaggerated, a minaret added and several towers omitted. The minaret is shown as part of the fort in an engraving by Edward Finden from a drawing by Bishop Heber, see his 'Narrative of a journey through the Upper Provinces of India', London, 1828, frontis. Heber's drawing appears to have been taken from an almost identifical viewpoint to that of Simpson which would suggest the latter may have used Heber as one of his pictorial references.

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