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Lakshmi Vilas Palace, [Baroda]

Lakshmi Vilas Palace, [Baroda]

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1896

Shelfmark: Photo 15/5(49)

Item number: 15549

Length: 29

Width: 22

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Lakshmi Vilas Palace, at Baroda in Gujarat, taken by an unknown photographer as part of the Elgin Collection: 'Autumn Tour 1896'. A colossal structure, the palace was built for the Gaekwar Sayaji Rao III (r.1875-1939) and was reputedly the most expensive private building erected in India in the 19th century. Originally designed by Major Charles Mant (1840-81) in the so-called "Indo-Saracenic" architectural style, it was begun in 1878 and completed after his death in 1890 by Robert Fellowes Chisholm (1840-1915). Both architects were pioneers of the Orientalist style, which combined European and Indo-Islamic forms with an emphasis on arches and domes. The skyline of the palace is a fantastical mixture of bangaldar eaves, chhatris, a tall tower and a central cupola. This is a view of the fa├žade from the north-east, with the tower in the centre and the portico entrance to the Durbar Hall at the right.

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