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Husainabad. The octagonal tank & surroundings [including the Satkhanda], Lucknow.

Husainabad. The octagonal tank & surroundings [including the Satkhanda], Lucknow.

Photographer: Saché, John Edward

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Photo 2/3(147)

Item number: 147

Length: 22.3

Width: 28.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Husainabad Tank and Satkhanda taken by John Edward Saché in the 1870s. Lucknow is the state capital of Uttar Pradesh in northern India. It came to prominence under the Mughals and during their rule became a flourishing centre for the arts. Supported by the wealth of the royal court many fine palaces, tombs and mosques were erected, mostly dating from the mid-18th century onwards. The watch-tower, built in 1840 by Wajid Ali Shah, is known as the Satkhanda, or ‘Seven Stories’ even though only four stories were completed. The king would observe building work being undertaken from this tower. The Husainabad Tank was also constructed by Ali Shah, c. 1837-42.

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