Oodeypore, the Jugmundir Palace
Artist: Simpson, William (1823-1899)
This chromolithograph is taken from plate 6 of Wiliam Simpson's 'India: Ancient and Modern'. Udaipur was the seat of the Sisodia Rajputs who ruled the princely state of Mewar in Rajasthan. Simpson thought the city "extensive and beautiful ... its situation and the character of its buildings rendering it by far the finest city in India". He depicts a pretty scene of royal boats and the Jagmandir Palace on Lake Pichola. The palace was built by Maharana Karan Singh on an island in the lake in the early part of the 17th century. Constructed from white marble inlaid with mosaic, its beauty was complemented by its reflection in the lake. Karan Singh offered refuge here to Prince Khurram (later to become Emperor Shahjahan) and legend has it that the palace inspired the Taj Mahal.