Interior of Suraj Bhawan, Deeg
Photographer: Priyalall and Company
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph from the Curzon Collection, of the interior of the Suraj Bhawan at Dig, Rajasthan, taken by the studio of Priyalall & Company in c.1900. The Suraj Bhawan is one four main pavilions in the beautiful 18th-century garden palace of the Jats of Bharatpur at Dig, built by Suraj Mal (ruled 1733-63). The pavilions are arranged around a formal garden filled with fountains in the Persian-Mughal tradition of the char bagh, flanked by two large reservoirs or tanks. The Suraj Bhavan (c.1760) is a single-storey pavilion built originally in sandstone and later faced in white marble at the south-west corner of the garden. This view shows the interior decoration of delicate floral designs inlaid in the marble walls using semi-precious stones, a technique known as pietra dura.