House – Photograph 7

Series namePhotographs

Shama Habibullah, Attia Hosain’s daughter, recollects this house as being called the “small house”. It was built by Hosain’s father, Shahid Hosain Kidwai, for his five children. Each had their own area. This house still exists and was sold, along with the main residence, in the 1970s by Attia Hosain’s brother, Reshad Hussain after his retirement from the Indian Foreign Service.

Date of Creation / Publication
Associated Person/ OrganisationHosain, Attia; Habibullah, Shama
Collection and Reference NumberAttia Hosain Collection (GB 2661 AH)
Catalogue NumberAH/PHO/7
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or associated person or organisation where applicable
Access to originalsThe originals are located with the Literary Estate of Attia Hosain.
Series notesThis group consists of a series of mainly black and white photographs of Attia Hosain with her family and friends taken throughout her life. Among some of the photographs are pictures of Attia Hosain as a child, her home in Lucknow, India, as a graduate with friends, with writer Mulk Raj Anand and a picture of Hosain as a newlywed with her husband, Ali Bahadur Habibullah.
Collection notesThe material from the Attia Hosain collection consists of items relating to her publications, such as extracts from her novel and her collection of short stories, biographical information such as photographs, and miscellaneous items such as transcripts from BBC broadcasts she made and letters.