Chowburja out side Panauri Gate, Deeg
Photographer: Priyalall and Company
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a fortified outwork at Dig Fort in Rajasthan, taken by the studio of Priyalall & Company in c.1900. In 1722 Badan Singh (r.1722-33), a Sinsini Jat, founded the state of Bharatpur and made Dig the new state capital. The fort, its strong central citadel, was built in 1730 by his son Suraj Mal (r.1733-63), who raised the power of the Jats to its zenith. It was square in plan, and was surrounded by ramparts 8 km long which were extensively reinforced with bastions and pierced by ten gateways. This is a view of a ruined outpost with battlements and the high fort walls in the distance.
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.