Bharatpur Hospital [Victoria Hospital]
Photographer: Priyalall and Company
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Victoria Hospital at Bharatpur in Rajasthan, taken by the studio of Priyalall & Company in c.1900. This is a view of the front façade and forecourt of the building. It was designed in the so-called 'Indo-Saracenic' style by Colonel Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob (1841-1917), a British colonial architect who was the Chief Engineer for the Maharaja of Jaipur between 1867 and 1911. The hospital stood in extensive grounds on the banks of the moat surrounding the fort in Bharatpur and in addition to the main block, there were four stone buildings containing wards, a cottage hospital block, a zenana hospital, residences for the medical staff and a meteorological observatory. It was extensively equipped with the most modern European medical technology. This was the responsibility of Major H.E. Drake-Brockman, Agency Surgeon of the Eastern Rajputana States, for whom the development of the hospital had been “a labour of love” . The hospital was inspected by distinguished persons including Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India, and the Duke and Duchess of Connaught, and was considered to be “the best equipped and most thoroughly up-to-date institution, as regards medical and scientific details, in India at the present time”.
The album of 'Views in the Bharatpur State and Neighbourhod' was presented to the India Office in 1912 by the Festival of Empire, held in 1911 at Crystal Palace in London to mark the coronation of George V. The Maharaja of Bharatpur was among the exhibitors in the Indian Section of the Imperial Exhibition held as part of the Festival.