[Mahabat Circle in Junagadh with clock tower on the right.]
Photographer: Nelson, F.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Mahabat Circle at Junagadh in Gujarat, taken by F. Nelson in the 1890s. The album is inscribed: “With best compliments from H.H. Rasulkhanji, Nawab of Junagadh (India)” and was formerly in the collection of Sir William Lee-Warner (1846-1912), who served in the Indian Civil Service and was a Member of the Council of India between 1902 and 1912.
The Mahabat Circle was constructed by the Public Works department during the reign of Nawab Mahabat Khan II (r.1851-1882), who developed and improved Junagadh by constructing a series of new palaces, public buildings and parks. The architecture of the arcaded crescent and the central clock tower is a mixture of Gothic and Indo-Islamic styles.