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Gate of Kaiser Bagh [Lucknow].

Gate of Kaiser Bagh [Lucknow].

Photographer: Ali, Abbas

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1874

Shelfmark: Photo 988/(22)

Item number: 98822

Genre: Photograph

This photograph of Kaisarbagh gate from 'The Lucknow Album: containing a series of fifty photographic views of Lucknow,' was taken by Darogha Abbas Ali c.1874. Kaisarbagh Palace built in 1848-1850 was founded by Nawab Wajid Ali Shah (r.1847-1856). The entrance to the palace was through two gateways on the east and west sides. This photograph shows the eastern gateway.

Late 18th and 19th century Lucknow architecture was notably influenced by European designs however in this case the effect is "confused and decadent displaying an incoherent jumble of hybrid Indo-European facades grouped around an open space with a central pavilion."

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