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Laxhmi Vilas Palace, SE View [Vadodara]

Laxhmi Vilas Palace, SE View [Vadodara]

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 430/24(16)

Item number: 4302416

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Lakshmi Vilas Palace, at Baroda, Gujarat from the Curzon Collection, taken by an unknown photographer during the 1890s. A colossal structure, it was built for the Gaekwar Sayaji Rao III (ruled 1875-1939) and was reputedly the most expensive private building erected in India in the 19th century. Originally designed by Major Charles Mant (1840-81) in an exuberant Indo-Saracenic architectural style, it was begun in 1878 and completed in 1890 after his death by Robert Fellowes Chisholm (1840-1915). Both architects were pioneers of the orientalist style, which combined Western and Eastern forms, particularly arches and domes. The skyline of the palace is a fantastical mixture of bangla eaves, chhatris, a tall tower and a central cupola. This is a view of the facade from the south-east, showing the zenana or women’s apartments, with landscaped gardens in the foreground.

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