Interior of Nand Bhawan, Deeg 3744
Photographer: Priyalall and Company
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the interior of the Nand Bhawan at Dig in Rajasthan, taken by the studio of Priyalall & Company in c.1900. The Nand Bhawan is one of four main pavilions in the 18th-century garden palace of the Jats of Bharatpur at Dig, built by Suraj Mal (r.1733-63). The pavilions are arranged around a formal garden with fountains designed in the Persian-Mughal tradition of the char bagh. The Nand Bhavan (c.1760) is a single-storeyed, rectangular building raised on a terrace at the northern edge of the garden. This view of the interior looks through an arcade of cusped arches into the single central hall furnished with European furniture laid out beneath a large punkah fan suspended from the ceiling.
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.