View of a gateway to a palace, Lucknow (U.P.)
Artist: Longcroft, Thomas (c. 1760-1811)
Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink
Pen-and-ink and water-colour drawing of a gateway to a palace at Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh by Thomas Longcroft (c. 1760-1811) dated 1798. Inscribed on the front in ink is: '107. T. Longcroft 1798.'
Lucknow is the state capital of Uttar Pradesh in northern India. It came to prominence under the Mughals and during their rule became a flourishing centre for the arts. Supported by the wealth of the royal court many fine palaces, tombs and mosques were erected mostly dating from the mid-18th century onwards. It is regarded as one of the finest cities in India with a rich architectural heritage.