The Observatory of Rajah Jey Singh - 1860s
This photograph shows some of the astronomical instruments which make up the observatory or Jantar-Mantar, built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur (1699-1743). He later built similar ones in Jaipur, Ujjain, Varanasi and Mathura (no longer survives). These astronomical instruments are built with brick rubble and plastered with lime. There is a discrepancy over the dates of construction and could be 1710 or 1724. In the photograph there are two figures on the right had side which give an indication of the scale of these structures.
Signature and negative number in bottom right hand side.
his photograph shows some of the astronomical instruments which make up the observatory (Jantar-Mantar) built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur. They are built of brick rubble plastered with lime. The two figures on the right-hand side give an indication of their scale. There is a discrepancy over the dates of construction, which could be 1710 or 1724.
This observatory is in Delhi. The Maharaja later built similar observatories in Jaipur, Ujjain, Varanasi, and Mathura (no longer extant).
The British photographer Samuel Bourne lived and worked in India between 1862 and 1869. During this time he toured the Himalayas and travelled through the subcontinent, photographing its landscape, architecture and historical sites. He set up a studio in Simla with Charles Shepherd and sold his prints sold to an eager public both in India and Britain.
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