Lucknow was the capital of the Kingdom of Awadh until 1858. Wajid Ali Shah, the king of Awadh, constructed the Kaiser Bagh Palaces of Lucknow in the 1840s and 1850s. Some 8 million rupees were spent on their construction. A large part of the Kaiser Bagh was destroyed by the British during and after the 1857 uprising. The Vinery shown here was oft-photographed – this postcard is made from a photograph taken by Samuel Bourne in 1864-65 – but it is not clear whether it was used for table or wine grapes.
Lucknow. The Kaiser Bagh and Vinery Buildings.