Photographer: Deen Dayal, Lala (1844-1905)
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a gate way in the palace at Jaipur in Rajasthan, taken by Lala Deen Dayal in the 1890s, from the Curzon Collection: 'Views of places proposed to be visited by Their Excellencies Lord & Lady Curzon during Autumn Tour 1902'. Lord Curzon served as Viceroy of India between 1899 and 1905. Jaipur was founded in 1727 as a new state capital by Maharaja Jai Singh (r.1699-1743), head of the Kachwaha Rajputs. It was built on the site of a royal hunting lodge and garden on a plain ringed by a range of hills five miles south of Amber, the previous state capital. The City Palace is surrounded by gardens and courtyards enclosed by a high wall in the centre of the city, and dates from 1727 with later additions. Each doorway and gateway is richly decorated. This is a view of an arched entrance gateway leading to the Chandra Mahal, the main block and earliest part of the city palace, covered with floral, geometric and figurative designs.