Back view, [ruined] Dilkusha Palace, Lucknow.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the ruined Dilkusha palace at Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1880s, part of the Bellew Collection of Architectural Views. Lucknow on the Gomti river first attained prominence in the 15th century under the Sharqi sultans of Jaunpur. Later it was ruled by Mughal governors. By the 17th century it was a prosperous commercial centre, and continued to flourish from 1775-1856 as the capital of the independent Nawabs of Avadh (originally governors under the Mughals). The nawabs were great builders and patrons of the arts and attracted a variety of talent to their service which helped develop the city's culture. The Dilkusha palace in an Indianised European style was built by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan (ruled 1798-1814). The house is said to be modelled on Vanbrugh's Seaton Delaval in Northumberland.