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The Palace, Boondee.

The Palace, Boondee.

Photographer: Impey, Eugene Clutterbuck

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 971/(62)

Item number: 97162

Genre: Photograph

Photograph from an album of 80 albumen prints taken by Eugene Clutterbuck Impey. A view of the palace at Bundi in Rajasthan. In the words of James Fergusson accompanying the photograph, 'This palace is considered in Rajpootana to be surpassed in picturesque beauty by no other. Various parts of it have been added by successive sovereigns, whose names they bear, but the whole is in perfect harmony. The distinguishing feature in the architecture is the bold and richly carved balconies which project from the walls.' Bundi Palace, built on a hill of the Vindhya range during the 17th and 18th centuries, was the seat of the Hara Chauhan Rajputs, rulers of Bundi. It is doubly fortified, by its own high, sheer walls and an outer wall linked to the Taragarh fort which crowns the summit of the hill. The image of the elephant, royal symbol of Bundi, is evident everywhere (as in the right-hand part of the photograph).

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