Suraj Bhawan, Deeg 3741
Photographer: Priyalall and Company
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Suraj Bhavan at Dig in Rajasthan, taken by the studio of Priyalall & Company in c.1900. The Suraj Bhavan is one of a group of beautiful pavilions in the 18th-century garden palace of the Jats of Bharatpur at Dig, built by Suraj Mal
(r.1733-63). The pavilions are arranged around a formal garden designed in the Persian-Mughal tradition of the char bagh, filled with a multitude of fountains and flanked by two large reservoirs or tanks. The Suraj Bhavan (c.1760) is a secluded
single-storey pleasure pavilion at the south-western corner of the garden. It is faced in white marble with a fountain and floral pietra dura decoration inside. This view of the pavilion is taken from the garden with drained fountains in the foreground and shows the north façade with a colonnade of five cusped arches and deep projecting double eaves or chajjas.
The album of 'Views in the Bharatpur State and Neighbourhod' was presented to the India Office in 1912 by the Festival of Empire, 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.