Hamid Manzil - Fort [Rampur]. Bedroom
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a bedroom 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, carried out by W.C. Wright, the Chief Engineer. Wright's architecture synthesises elements from Islamic, Hindu and Victorian Gothic, known as 'Indo-Saracenic'. 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. This view shows a richly decorated bed, with gilded statues on each corner, standing in the centre of the bedroom.