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Palace at Night: Dream Home

Maharana Rai Singh II with dancers and courtiers in the city palace at night. c 1755. Opaque watercolour on paper. Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Here the young ruler - identified by the nimbus of light circling his head - and his nobles are being entertained by dancers and musicians in a garden courtyard of his palace in Udaipur. 

  • The palaces of maharajas demonstrated their power, wealth and authority through architecture.  If money was no object, what would your dream home look like and why?

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