The Hussainabad Picture Gallery is one of the oldest picture galleries in Lucknow. It was founded by Nawab Mohammad Ali Shah (the third Nawab of Awadh) in 1838. It is housed in a beautiful pink and terracotta coloured building which was earlier used as a royal summer house. It is enclosed by wide verandas on the East and South sides. It preserves some life-size rare portraits of various Nawabs of Lucknow (previously known as Awadh). It is believed that these paintings were made on elephant skin and the colour used was prepared from diamonds. These paintings also surprise the viewers with their optical illusion because the subjects seem to look straight to the viewer from almost all the angles. The pictures indicate the grand costumes and jewellery used by the Nawabs in those days. A talaab (water tank) was also built in front of it, after a year of its completion. It has a mosque and a pond overlooking it, which adds to the serenity and delight of the place. One enjoys the taste of intricate architecture and the royalty of the Nawabs through these paintings. So if you are an art lover and fond of Royal architecture, this is one of the best places to visit in Lucknow.
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