The Drawing Room of Chowmahela Palace, Hyderabad.
Photographer: Dayal, Deen
Medium: Photographic print
Interior view of the Chaumhalla Palace at Hyderabad, photographed by Deen Dayal in the 1880s, from the Curzon Collection: 'Views of HH the Nizam's Dominions, Hyderabad, Deccan, 1892'. Hyderabad was the capital of the Nizams of Hyderabad, who ruled over one of the largest states in India from 1724 until 1948. The dynasty was founded in the early 18th century by Nizam al-Mulk, entitled Asaf Jah (d. 1748), who arrived in the Deccan as the Mughal governor before declaring his independence. The Chaumhalla Palace was commenced in 1750 with later additions. The Palace complex is made up of four palaces - the Afzal Mahal, Mahtab Mahal, Tahniyat Mahal and Aftab Mahal - arranged around a central courtyard garden with a marble cistern in the centre.