Street view, Manick Chowk, Jeypore
Photographer: Lawrie and Company, G.W.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a crossroads at Jaipur in Rajasthan, taken by G.W. Lawrie & Company in the 1890s. Jaipur was founded in 1727 as an entirely new and prestigious state capital by Maharaja Jai Singh (ruled 1699-1743) of the Kachwaha Rajputs. It was built on the site of a royal hunting lodge and garden on a plain five miles south of Amber, the previous state capital. Jaipur is unusual among Rajput cities as its streets are laid out on a geometric grid plan. This is a view of the Manick Chowk or crossroads, with a line of bullock carts in the foreground and the hills in the distance. The photograph is taken from an album containing views of various sites in India.