New Palace at Makarpura, Zenana Porch [Vadodara]
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Makarpura Palace, near Baroda, Gujarat from the Curzon Collection, taken by an unknown photographer during the 1890s. The palace was built by the Gaekwar Sayaji Rao III (ruled 1875-1939) between 1883-1890 as a country residence and designed by Robert Fellowes Chisholm (1840-1915) in an Italian Renaissance style. It lies to the south of Baroda and is surrounded by English-style formal gardens. This view shows the entrance to the zenana or women’s apartments, with flights of steps leading up to a chhatra porch in the foreground. This is in the form of a bangaldar or Bengali-style curved roof, which contrasts with the classical facade behind.