Lanka, a scene in the Kaiser Bagh, [Lucknow].
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Kaisarbagh from the Vibart Collection: 'Dannenberg Album' of Indian Mutiny sites taken by an unknown photographer in the 1870s. Kaisarbagh Palace built between 1848 to 1850 was founded by Nawab Wajid Ali Shah (r.1847-1856). His vision for the complex was of a paradise on earth, showcasing the riches of the royal court. Pathways through the various courtyards of the garden were intended to be indirect and zigzag to confuse visitors. This lack of clarity, together with guards posted at the numerous gates also helped to maintain a strict security within the palace. The Lunka in the garden was the large building at the end. The Kaisarbagh Palace was the scene of fierce fighting during the Uprising of 1857 and after the capture of Lucknow by the British in 1858 it was ransacked and looted.