Kacheri with a gun in the foreground in Wair [Wer] Fort
Photographer: Priyalall and Company
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a kacheri with a gun in the foreground at Wer Fort in Rajasthan, taken by the studio of Priyalall & Company in c.1900. This is a view looking across the courtyard towards the two-storeyed arcaded kacheri or court. The barrel of a massive iron cannon lies on the ground in the left foreground. The fort was built by Badan Singh (r.1722-33), the Sinsini Jat who became the first Raja of Dig in 1722. It was formerly the residence of Partab Singh, the second son of Badan Singh, and a brother of the famous Suraj Mal (r.1733-63), who founded Bharatpur as the state capital in 1733 and raised the Jat power to its zenith. The kacheri shares the architectural style of pavilions built by Suraj Mal at the garden palace of Dig.
The album of 'Views in the Bharatpur State and Neighbourhod' was presented to the India Office in 1912 by the Festival of Empire, held in 1911 at Crystal Palace in London to mark the coronation of George V. The Maharaja of Bharatpur was among the exhibitors in the Indian Section of the Imperial Exhibition held as part of the Festival.