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Fort Bhurtpore [Bharatpur].

Fort Bhurtpore [Bharatpur].

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 394/(53)

Item number: 39453

Genre: Photograph

This photograph was taken by Samuel Bourne in the 1860s and forms part of an album entitled 'Photographs of India and Overland Route'. It shows the arcaded bridge, moat and round defensive bastions of Bharatpur Fort on the border of the modern-day states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan in northern India. The Fort was built by Raja Suraj Mal, the Jat chieftain who was famous for plundering the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort in the final years of Mughal rule. It was intended as a point of resistance against the British who laid siege to it in 1805 under the command of Lord Lake. They besieged the fort for four months but eventually had to retreat in the face of the heaviest losses ever suffered by the British up to that time.

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