Roshan od Dowlah (King's Palace in June 59), [Lucknow].
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Roshanuddaula Kothi from the Vibart Collection: 'Dannenberg Album' of Indian Mutiny sites by an unknown photographer, c.1859. Roshanuddaula Kothi was built between 1827-1837 as a personal residence for Roshanuddaula, the chief minister of Nawab Ghazi-ud-din Haider (r.1827-1837). Also known as Kaisar Pasand, this building was taken by Nawab Wajid Ali Shah (r.1847-1856) and given to his wife Mashuq-us-Sultan and during the British period it was converted into government offices. Kaisarbagh complex 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.