Breach inside the Ramji Gate, Bhurtpore
Photographer: Priyalall and Company
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph from the Curzon Collection, of a breach inside the Ramji Gate at Bharatpur Fort in Rajasthan, taken by the studio of Priyalall & Company in c.1900. Under the rule of the Jats in the 18th and 19th centuries, Bharatpur became a highly fortified city. It was surrounded by a city wall 11 km long with a formidable moated citadel known as the Lohagarh or Iron Fort at its north-west corner, built by Suraj Mal (ruled 1733-63) in 1733. The Ramji Gate or Darwaza is the south entrance to the fort. In 1805 the city was besieged by British imperial forces under Lord Lake, who failed to take the city and suffered severe losses. In 1825 the fort was again besieged and eventually captured by Lord Combermere (Sir Stapleton Cotton).