Photographer: Ali, Abbas
Medium: Photographic print
This photograph of Dilaram Kothi from 'The Lucknow Album: containing a series of fifty photographic views of Lucknow,' was taken by Darogha Abbas Ali c.1874. Dilaram Kothi, situated on the north bank of the river Gumti, was built during the reign of Nawab Saadat Ali Khan of Oudh (r. 1798-1814). In 1923, this building was demolished.
"This building was erected by Nawab Saadut Ali Khan, there were a number of buildings in connection but all have been demolished, leaving the present building standing alone. As will be seen from the view, it is a rather handsome building, in the Italian style, three stories high. The King used to retire to this house, after concluding his duties in the Lal Baradurree, so that he might rest there without being disturbed...The Dilaram Kothee, standing as it does, with the river in front and the magnificent Chutter Munzil and the group of elegant buildings on the opposite shore, while the background is filled with groves of trees, a more picturesque and even romantic situation could hardly be conceived...The house is now occupied by private persons."