Zenana apartments inside the Fort, Allahabad (U.P.). 3-4 November 1789
Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840), and Daniell, William (1769-1837
Medium: Pencil on paper
Pencil drawing of the Zenana apartments inside the fort at Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, by Thomas (1749-1840) and William (1769-1837) Daniell, 3-4 November 1789. Inscribed on the back in ink is: 'No.' '195. The Zenanah Apartments Allahabad.'
The palace at Allahabad, in modern-day Uttar Pradesh, is located within the Mughal fort. Located on the confluence of the Ganges and Jumna rivers, the fort was built by the Mughal emperor Akbar (r. 1556-1605), from 1583 onwards. The 'zenana' or harem appartments take the form of a 'baradari', a pillared trabeate pavilion comprising a series of deep verandahs, set around a central interior courtyard. The sixty-four pillars are arranged in pairs with groups of four at the corners of the building. There are decorative domed kiosks along the parapet.