Durbar Hall, Lucknow
Watercolour of the Durbar Hall in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, by an anonymous artist working in the Lucknow style, from the collection of James Chicheley Hyde, c.1810-15. Inscribed on front in Persian characters and in English in ink: 'View of the Barryderry, or Durbar where the Moonshys transact business, in the Palace of the Nabob Asoph ul Dowlah at Lucknow. Given to me by Mrs Pearson.'
Lucknow rose to prominence under the Nawabs of Avadh who are remembered for being great patrons of the arts. Many interesting monuments were also built during this period and this Durbar Hall was most likely built during the reign of Asaf-ud-Daula (r 1775-1797).