Bund of Jaismand lake with its palace [Dhebar Lake]
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the bund and palace at Jaisamand Lake from the 'Reading Collection: Views of Udaipur' taken by an unknown photographer c.1910. The photograph is part of an album containing architectural and topographical views of sites in Rajasthan, mainly of Udaipur, originally in the collection of Rufus Daniel Isaacs, Lord Reading, who served as Viceroy of India (1921-1926).
Jaisamand Lake, also known as Dhebar Lake, lies about 51 km south-east of Udaipur and is the second-largest artificial lake in Asia. Completed in 1691, the lake was built by Maharana Jai Singh II (r. 1680-1698) to provide water for agricultural irrigation. This is a view accross the lake looking towards the dam and countryside beyond, showing the six white marble chhatris or domed pavilions which ornament the dam along its length and a quadrangular Shiva temple in the centre of the embankment.