The [Albert Hall] Museum, Jaipur
Photographer: Gobindram and Oodeyram
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Albert Hall Museum at Jaipur in Rajasthan, taken by Gobindram and Oodeyram in the 1900s. The photograph is from an album containing views of various locations in India, formerly in the collection of Horatio Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum and Broome, (1850-1916), who was Commander in Chief, India between 1902 and 1909.
Jaipur was founded in 1727 as an entirely new and prestigious state capital by Maharaja Jai Singh II (ruled 1699-1743) of the Kachwaha Rajputs. The Albert Hall and Museum (1876-87) stands in the Ram Niwas public gardens just outside the city walls. It was named in honour of the Prince of Wales who laid its foundation stone on a visit to Jaipur in 1876. Today it houses a Museum of Art and Antiquities. It was designed by Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob (1841-1917) in the Indo-Saracenic style. From 1867 until 1911 Jacob was Chief Engineer of Jaipur State and adviser to the Maharaja of Jaipur. His fascination with the details of Rajput architecture resulted in his 'Jeypore Portfolio of Architectural Details' (1890). The hall is one of numerous buildings in Jaipur designed by him.