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Hamid Manzil - Fort [Rampur]. Drawing Room

Hamid Manzil - Fort [Rampur]. Drawing Room

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1911

Shelfmark: Photo 36/(6)

Item number: 6

Length: 22.5

Width: 28.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Drawing Room in the Khas Bagh at Rampur in Uttar Pradesh, taken by an unknown photographer in c. 1911. This photograph is from an album of views of Rampur presented to the India Office by the Festival of Empire in November 1911. The Nawab of Rampur, Hamid Ali Khan (1896-1930), was one of the exhibitors at the Festival of Empire exhibition held at Crystal Palace to mark George V's coronation. Hamid Ali Khan organised an extensive building programme which was carried out by W.C. Wright, the Chief Engineer. Wright's architecture synthesises elements from Islamic, Hindu and Victorian Gothic, known as 'Indo-Saracenic'. This was a style used throughout India in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Wright built the Khas Bagh palace, or Hamid Manzil, on the foundations of the old fort within the Fort-Palace complex. The building has been housing the Rampur Raza Library since 1957.

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