Hawa Mahal, or Palace of Winds, Jeypore
Photographer: Lawrie and Company, G.W.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds viewed from the Sireh Deori Bazaar, taken in c.1895 by the studio of G.W. Lawrie and Company. It was built in 1799, in the reign of Sawai Pratap Singh (r 1778-1803) as an addition to the existing City Palace. Like all the buildings in the old walled quarter of the city it is painted a rusty pink. The building consists of two courtyards with residential ranges, fronted by a five-storey, curved façade composed of a multitude of window bays each topped with an arch or dome. The Hawa Mahal is one of the most iconic buildings in Jaipur as the lattice work designs of the windows create a purdah screen behind which ladies of the court in the zenana or women’s living quarters could observe the outside world and enjoy the flow of fresh air.