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Deeg, General view.

Deeg, General view.

Photographer: Impey, Eugene Clutterbuck

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 971/(38)

Item number: 97138

Genre: Photograph

Photograph from an album of 80 albumen prints taken by Eugene Clutterbuck Impey, showing part of one of the two reservoirs flanking the Garden Palace at Deeg in Rajasthan. Deeg with its pleasure palaces was the idyllic retreat of the rulers of Bharatpur, capital of the Jat kingdom formed of the members of an agricultural caste in the Mathura region. The greatest of the Jat rulers was Suraj Mal (ruled 1755-63) who was responsible for the garden palace complex in 1760, where drawing upon Mughal architectural traditions, elegant pavilions are set around a four-plot garden decorated with flowing water, ponds and fountains, all fed by two large tanks, the Gopal Sagar tank to the west and the Rup Sagar tank to the east.

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