Suraj Bhawan, Deeg 4302728
Photographer: Priyalall and Company
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph from the Curzon Collection, of the Suraj Bhavan at Dig, Rajasthan, taken by the commercial 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 (ruled 1733-63). The pavilions are arranged around a formal garden filled with many fountains in the Persian-Mughal tradition of the char bagh, flanked by two large reservoirs or tanks. The Suraj Bhavan (c.1760) is a single-storey pavilion faced in marble at the south-western corner of the garden. This view taken from the garden with fountains in the foreground shows the pavilion’s colonnade of five cusped arches with trefoil blind arches at either end, and deep projecting double eaves or chajjas supported by brackets.