Phoolbari building in Wair [Wer]
Photographer: Priyalall and Company
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Phulbari Palace at Wer in Rajasthan, taken by the studio of Priyalall & Company in c.1900. This is a view of the palace from a courtyard or empty tank in the foreground. Wer was founded by Badan Singh (r.1722-33), the Sinsini Jat who became the first Raja of Dig in 1722. He built a fort, another palace and gardens at Wer. The palace stands in the Phulbari garden and may have been built by his son, the famous Suraj Mal (r.1733-63), who founded Bharatpur as the state capital in 1733 and took Jat power to its zenith. It is very similar in architectural style and concept to the elegant pavilions in the garden palace built by Suraj Mal at Dig. Both the Phulbari Palace and those at Dig are long, low rectangular buildings in a garden setting with central arcaded entrances, deep cornices, balconies supported on heavy carved brackets and curved bangaldar roofs with a row of spires.
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.