Stone bridge [Lucknow].
Photographer: Ali, Abbas
Medium: Photographic print
This photograph of the Stone Bridge from 'The Lucknow Album: containing a series
of fifty photographic views of Lucknow,' was taken by Darogha Abbas Ali c.1874.
Lucknow in the 15th century belonged to the Kingdom of Jaunpur by the 18th century it was chosen as the capital for the Nawabs of Awadh by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula (r. 1775-1797). The Stone Bridge was completed by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula in 1797, however it is possible that the construction began as early as 1739 by Raja Newal Rai who worked for the Nawab Safdar Jang (r.1739-1752). "This bridge was built by Newab Ausuf-ood-dowlah, about the year 1780. It is a substantial structure and has proved its durability by not requiring any repairs since it was built. It has no particular claims to architectural beauty, but the view from its parapets, up and down the river Goomptee, is extremely picturesque."