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Taluqdar Hall, Lucknow

Taluqdar Hall, a two storey structure stands in a small area of the terracotta-coloured building that was constructed by the third Nawab of Awadh, Mohammad Ali Shah in 1838. A year later a tank was built opposite to it. The building was flanked by a small mosque on one side and a hamam or a public bath on the other.

Taluqdar Hall contains photographs and oil paintings of the erstwhile rulers of the city. The picture and oil paintings were created by European artists, Harrison, Dawling, Gravet and also D.S.Singh who visited India and stayed here for three years from 1882 to 1885.

The British government gifted the works to the Anjuman of Taluqadars of Awadh. The paintings all have an amazing feature which is that no matter from which direction you look, the tip of the sword, the eyes and the boots will always point towards you.