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The Turkish Gate (Rumi Darwaza), Lucknow.

The Turkish Gate (Rumi Darwaza), Lucknow.

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Add.Or.2664

Item number: 2664

Length: 13.5

Width: 18.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of the Rumi Darwaza or Turkish Gate at Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, by an anonymous artist working in the Delhi style, dated c. 1860. The image is inscribed in Persian characters: 'Rumi dawazah Lakhnau'; and in English: 'Roomy Gate Lucknow.'

The Rumi Darwaza served as the entrance to the city of Lucknow; it is 60 feet high and was built by Nawab Asafuddaula (r. 1775-1797) in 1784. It is also known as the Turkish Gateway, as it was erroneously thought to be identical to the gateway at Constantinople. It is the west entrance to the Great Imambara and is embellished with lavish decorations.

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