These photographs are of Chambéry in Savoie, France. They are all connected with one of that city’s most distinguished sons, Benoît de Boigne, the ‘Nabob from Savoy’: adventurer and mercenary in India, general to a maharajah, protector of the Taj Mahal, benefactor and, on his return home, rebuilder of his Savoyard birthplace. De Boigne is a character in Vikram Chandra’s remarkable novel ‘Red Earth and Pouring Rain’. They complement my article:
From Savoy to Agra: The Cross-cultural Narrative of Benôit de Boigne", Pegasus (Agra), Vol. VI, January-December 2007, pp. 57-66 and:
In the photos you can see: de Boigne’s château in the shadow of the Alps (Château de Buisson-Rond); his tomb in a local church (Eglise de Lémenc); his town house in central Chambéry; and the Fountain of the Elephants, Chambéry’s best-known landmark and the city’s monument to its benefactor.