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Alum Bagh [Lucknow].

Alum Bagh [Lucknow].

Photographer: Ali, Abbas

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1874

Shelfmark: Photo 988/(1)

Item number: 9881

Genre: Photograph

This photograph of Alambagh from 'The Lucknow Album: containing a series of fifty photographic views of Lucknow,' was taken by Darogha Abbas Ali c.1874. Late 18th and 19th century Lucknow architecture was notably influenced by European designs. Alum Bagh's use of four battlemented towers is similar to La Martiniere Boy's School (Constantia), the grand building in Lucknow, designed by Frenchman Claude Martin (1735-1800) was built during the reign of Nawab Wajid Ali Khan (r.1847-56). "This was originally a fortified garden, containing a large summer-house and out-offices, built and arranged, as an occasional residence, for Newab Khas Mehal, wife of the ex-king, Wajid Ali Shah, Sultana Aulum."

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