Palace of the Raja of Nabha
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Palace at Nabha in Punjab, taken by an unknown photographer in 1898. Nabha is the capital town of Nabha State, one of three states collectively
known as the Phulkian States, the others being Jind and Patiala, since the dynasties which held power in these kingdoms were believed to have had a common ancestor, Chaudhary Phul. Nabha is a walled town with a fort at its heart, and the palaces of the Raja (Hira Singh, ruled 1871-1911) and the heir apparent (his son Ripudaman Singh) stood in the Pukhta Garden outside town. This is a general view of the palace, which is built in an Anglo-Indian style with arcaded balconies and roof terraces decorated with flags and pennants. The image is one of several prints recording the visit of Lord Elgin to Nabha and Patiala in an album mainly devoted to his Burma tour of November to December 1898. Victor Alexander Bruce (1849-1917), ninth Earl of Elgin and 13th Earl of Kincardine, served as Viceroy of India between 1894 and 1899.