Durbar Hall at Umaid Bhawan, [Kota]
Photographer: Herzog and Higgins
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph from the Curzon Collection: 'Vist of His Excellency the Viceroy. Kotah, November, 1902' of the durbar hall in the Umaid Bhawan or New Palace at Kota in Rajasthan, taken by P.A. Herzog and P. Higgins in 1902. The palace was built for Maharaja Umed Singh II (ruled 1889-1940) as a modern alternative to the 17th-century fortified City Palace. It was designed by Samuel Swinton Jacob (1841-1917) in the so-called "Indo-Saracenic" style. He was a leading exponent of this Orientalist style, which fused European and Indo-Islamic architectural forms with an emphasis on arches and domes. This is a view of the durbar or royal audience hall which has Rajput architectural detailing and a screened viewing balcony for ladies of the court.