Swing in front of Gopal Bhawan, Deeg
Photographer: Priyalall and Company
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the marble arch in front of the Gopal Bhavan at Dig, Rajasthan, taken by the studio of Priyalall & Company in c.1900. The beautiful 18th-century residence of the Jats of Bharatpur at Dig was begun by Badan Singh (r.1722-33) and continued by his son Suraj Mal (r.1733-63). It was conceived as a garden palace, with pavilions arranged around a formal garden laid out in the Persian-Mughal tradition of the char bagh and flanked by tanks or reservoirs. The marble arch was the frame for a swing or hindola and stands on the terrace in front of the Gopal Bhavan, the principal pavilion at the western edge of the garden. The palace contains a number of water features designed to evoke the romance of the monsoon season and the swing also carries this association in Hindu and Rajasthani tradition. It is believed to have been brought from Delhi as a trophy of war by Suraj Mal. This view looks along the garden towards the arch with a water channel in the foreground.
The album of 'Views in the Bharatpur State and Neighbourhod' was presented to the India Office by the Festival of Empire in 1912, held in 1911 at Crystal Palace in London to mark the coronation of George V (1865-1936). The Maharaja of Bharatpur was among the exhibitors in the Indian Section of the Imperial Exhibition held as part of the Festival.