Wind Palace [or Hawa Mahal], Jeypoor.
Photographer: Bourne and Shepherd
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Hawa Mahal, Jaipur from the 'Crofton Collection: Topographical and architectural views mostly in India', taken by an unknown photographer in the 1870s. Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, the Hawa Mahal consists of two courtyards with residential areas. The facade is beautiful as well as functional, as it was intended to be used by the ladies of the zenana (royal household) to watch processions as they passed. The palace takes the name Hawa Mahal, literally 'palace of wind', from the cool breeze which blows across the balconies on the upper stories.