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Khoorshaid Munzil [Lucknow].

Khoorshaid Munzil [Lucknow].

Photographer: Ali, Abbas

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1874

Shelfmark: Photo 988/(17)

Item number: 98817

Genre: Photograph

This photograph of Khurshid Manzil from 'The Lucknow Album: containing a series of fifty photographic views of Lucknow,' was taken by Darogha Abbas Ali c.1874.

Built between 1798-1827, this building is notably influenced by Frenchman Claude Martin's (1735-1800) Constantia, which was started in 1795."This building, as will be seen from the view, is castellated and surrounded by a deep scarped ditch; intended evidently for purposes of defence...As a contrast to the purpose that the Khoorshaid Munzil was probably intended to serve, and the demoniac purpose that it did attempt to serve [as a rebel stronghold during the Uprising of 1857], it is now turned to a heavenly purpose: it is the Martiniere Girls' School; the scarped ditch is now a bright green lawn for the children's play-ground, the towers make airy bedrooms for the little girls, and all the inmates seem to be supremely happy."

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