Lucknow. Chutter Munzil from the Moti Mahal [with a bridge of boats in the foreground].
Photographer: Shepherd and Robertson
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Chattar Manzil from the 'Crofton Collection: Topographical and architectural views mostly in India', taken by an unknown photograph in the 1860s. Along the banks of the River Gumti, the Chattar Manzil or Umbrella Palaces were built around 1814-1837. The Chattar Manzil consisted of a Bari (larger) Chattar Manzil and a Choti (smaller) Chattar Manzil, however only the larger one remains today. "These two buildings were attractive examples of the Indo-European Nawabi style, even though the Bari Chattar Manzil has been altered over the years." Along the top-floor of the building, the octogonal domes are crowned with a 'chatri' (umbrella), giving the building the title of the Bari Chattar Manzil.