Interior of the Palace at Patiala
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the interior of the Palace at Patiala in Punjab, taken by an unknown photographer in 1898. Patiala is the capital town of Patiala State, the most important of the Sikh kingdoms under British rule, which lies on the eastern plains of the Punjab and was the largest of three states collectively known as the Phulkian States, the others being Jind and Nabha. The Qila Mubarak was the old fort-palace royal residence in the heart of Patiala, and was known for its Durbar Hall, glittering with chandeliers. At the time of this photograph there was also a newer residence used by the Maharaja Rajendra Singh outside the town, set amid gardens and named after him as Rajendra Palace. This is a view of a palace hall furnished in European style and with a profusion of chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. The image is one of several prints recording the visit of Lord Elgin to Nabha and Patiala in an album mainly devoted to his Burma tour of November to December 1898. Victor Alexander Bruce (1849-1917), ninth Earl of Elgin and 13th Earl of Kincardine, served as Viceroy of India between 1894 and 1899.