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A view at Lucknow

A view at Lucknow

Artist: Salt, Henry (1780-1827)

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1809

Shelfmark: X123(6)

Item number: Plate 6

Length: 45

Width: 60

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

This aquatint was made by Daniell Havell after plate 6 of Henry Salt's 'Twenty Four Views in St. Helena, the Cape, India, Ceylon, the Red Sea, Abyssinia and Egypt'. Lucknow, now the capital of Uttar Pradesh, was formerly the capital of the province of Oudh (Avadh). Situated on the banks of the Gomti, it had a rich cultural tradition. Salt painted this view in the time of Nawab Saadat Ali (1798-1814). George Annesley wrote: "the large building on the left is the Harem of Asof ud Dowlah where his widow now resides ... adjoining the harem, but out of sight, is a very beautiful palace, called the Sungi Dalam, built of stone, coloured red ... the high grass in the foreground is cultivated for elephants, whose principal food it is."

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