Fountain Tank, Deeg Bhawan
Photographer: Priyalall and Company
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a tank at Dig in Rajasthan, taken by the studio of Priyalall & Company in c.1900. This is a view of a tank or reservoir in the palace of the Jats of Bharatpur, built by Badan Singh (r.1722-33) and his son Suraj Mal (r.1733-63). The palace was designed as a series of pleasure pavilions set around formal gardens filled with a multitude of fountains. There were several tanks at Dig which supplied water to the fountains and other water features designed to evoke the romance of the monsoon season. The Rup Sagar and the Gopal Sagar were constructed to the east and west of a formal garden, and a third smaller tank on its southern side. A fourth tank was sited on the roof of the Kishan Bhavan pavilion. This is probably a view from the Kishan Bhavan looking over the tank towards another pavilion and palace roofs in the distance.
The album of 'Views in the Bharatpur State and Neighbourhod' was presented to the India Office by the Festival of Empire in 1912, held in 1911 at Crystal Palace in London to mark the coronation of George V (1865-1936). The Maharaja of Bharatpur was among the exhibitors in the Indian Section of the Imperial Exhibition held as part of the Festival.