Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the City Palace from the 'Reading Collection: Views of Udaipur' taken by an unknown photographer c.1910. The photograph is part of an album containing architectural and topographical views of sites in Rajasthan, mainly of Udaipur, originally in the collection of Rufus Daniel Isaacs, Lord Reading, who served as Viceroy of India (1921-1926).
Udaipur was chosen by Maharana Udai Singh (r. 1567-72) of the Sisodia Rajputs as the new capital of the Mewar State in the mid-16th century. The City Palace (c.1570 onwards) is the main royal residence in Udaipur and stands in a picturesque setting on the east bank of Lake Pichola. This view shows the east front, with a courtyard in the foreground containing a number of animals including goats, horses and elephants with their mahouts.