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|Company: Contemporary Works / Vintage Works, Ltd.|
258 Inverness Circle
Chalfont, Pennsylvania 18914 USA
Contact: Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
Ref.#: 8101Price: $2,500
Medium: Salt printMount: on original mountPhoto Date: 1856Print Date: 1856Dimensions: 5-1/2 x 7-5/8 in. (140 x 194 mm)Photo Country: IndiaPhotographer Country: United Kingdom (UK)
Title, place and date (July 56) in ink, and possibly the photographer's name, which appears to be unreadable. The photographs were in an album of similar prints, including panoramas of Egypt, which indicate someone like James Graham, although there is currently no research that indicates Graham was in India. Lucknow was photographed extensively starting in 1858 after the Mutiny of 1857, but this pre-Mutiny documentation of the city is a great rarety, perhaps among the very first photographs of this area. The photo shows the Chhota Imambara in Lucknow. The third Nawab of Avadh, Muhammad Ali Shah built this imposing structure in 1840. The real name of this structure is Husainabad Imambada. The interior of this magnificent building has chandeliers from Belgium, lamp shades and other decorative pieces, which might have cost a fortune in those days. The decorations inside the building are ravishingly beautiful. Once a Prince from Russia said that this was the Kremlin of India. Inside the Imambara are the tombs of Ali Shah and his mother. Enclosed in the structure is the Royal bath or the 'Sahi Hammam'. The use of marble and arches in constructing buildings on both sides of the courtyard has prompted comparisons to the architecture of the Taj Mahal. The Imambara also houses the silver throne of Muhamad Ali Shah.Shipping and insurance costs will be added to the price and must be paid for by the buyer. Pennsylvania buyers must pay appropriate local sales tax. International clients are responsible for their VAT and other custom's oriented charges.