Back of Suraj Bhawan, Deeg
Photographer: Priyalall and Company
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Suraj Bhavan at Dig, Rajasthan, taken by the studio of Priyalall & Company in c.1900. The Suraj Bhavan is one of a group of pavilions in the 18th-century garden palace of the Jats of Bharatpur at Dig, built by Suraj Mal
(r.1733-63). The pavilions are arranged around a formal garden in the Persian-Mughal tradition of the char bagh with a multitude of fountains and flanked by two large reservoirs or tanks. The Suraj Bhavan (c.1760) is a secluded single-storey
pleasure pavilion at the south-western corner of the garden. It is faced in white marble with floral pietra dura decoration and a fountain inside. This view from the garden overlooking drained fountains in the foreground shows the southern façade,
consisting of an arcade of cusped arches beneath deep projecting double eaves or chajjas supported by brackets.
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.