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River view opposite to the Fort, [Kota] 4304019

River view opposite to the Fort, [Kota] 4304019

Photographer: Herzog and Higgins

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1902

Shelfmark: Photo 430/40(19)

Item number: 4304019

Genre: Photograph

Photograph from the Curzon Collection: 'Visit of His Excellency the Viceroy. Kotah, November, 1902' of the river and palace at Kota, taken by P.A. Herzog and P. Higgins in 1902. The Rajput city of Kota in southern Rajasthan was founded in the 14th century within the borders of the state of Bundi, but became the capital of an independent princely state in 1625. It lies on the east bank of the River Chambal, Rajasthan’s largest river. This view on the Chambal from the opposite bank shows the steps of a ghat and ramparts in the foreground, with the fortified palace on the summit of the hill behind. The crenellated fortress walls contrast with the delicate balconies and domes at the upper levels of the palace exterior. Construction of the palace was begun in c.1625 by Madho Singh (ruled 1625-48), and continued onwards until the early 20th century.

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