Here we have a particularly rare collection -- an entire library from a Jorasanko Palace. The Estate of its provenance has been documented as the most successful private enterprise in British India in the mid-19th century (Somerset Playne, Bengal and Assam, Behar and Orissa, 1917). The library itself is representative of popular British literature in the early 20th century, as was often seen in the prominent Zamindari houses.
Born in 1844 in Sardhana near Meerut, Lala Deen Dayal was educated at Thompson’s Civil Engineering College in Roorkee. Deen Dayal’s interest in photography started when he caught the eye of Sir Henry Daly. Daly, who was the agent of the Governor-General in the Central Indian states, was using a camera when Deen Dayal asked to use it.