Wair [Wer] Fort about 26 miles from Bharatpur
Photographer: Priyalall and Company
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Wer Fort near Bharatpur in Rajasthan, taken by the studio of Priyalall & Company in c.1900. This is a view looking across the moat towards the crenellated ramparts and round corner bastions of the fort. It was built along with a palace and gardens by Badan Singh (r.1722-33), the Sinsini Jat who became the first Raja of Dig in 1722. It was once the residence of Partab Singh, the second son of Badan Singh, and brother of the famous Suraj Mal (r.1733-63), who raised the Jat power to its zenith, capturing Agra in 1761. He took Bharatpur from a rival Jat chief in 1733 and made it the capital of the Sinsini Jat state.
The album of 'Views in the Bharatpur State and Neighbourhod' was presented to the India Office in 1912 by the Festival of Empire, held in 1911 at Crystal Palace in London to mark the coronation of George V. The Maharaja of Bharatpur was among the exhibitors in the Indian Section of the Imperial Exhibition held as part of the Festival.