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The Lake, Udaipur

The Lake, Udaipur

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 15/5(17)

Item number: 15517

Length: 29

Width: 19

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Lake Pichola at Udaipur in Rajasthan, taken by an unknown photographer, from the Elgin Collection: 'Autumn Tour 1896' . Lord Elgin served as Viceroy of India between 1894 and 1899. Udaipur was founded by Udai Singh (r.1567-72) in the mid-16th century as the fourth and last capital of the Mewar State. The old walled city of Udaipur was built on its eastern shore of Lake Pichola, in a valley surrounded by the Aravalli hills. This is a view of the lake looking over rooftops towards the Jag Niwas palace, once the summer residence of the rulers of Mewar. It stands on a small island in the middle of the lake and consists of a series of white marble pavilions set in gardens with courts, fountains and trees. It was built by Jagat Singh II (r.1734-51), with later additions by successive rulers.

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