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The Cremation of Gandhi

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    India (made)

  • Date:

    1948 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cartier-Bresson, Henri, born 1908 - died 2004 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver bromide print

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 20A

Physical description

Silver bromide print depicting the cremation of Gandhi on the banks of the Sumna River. Gandhi's secretary watches the first flames of the funeral pyre as crowds of people look on in the background.

Place of Origin

India (made)


1948 (made)


Cartier-Bresson, Henri, born 1908 - died 2004 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Silver bromide print

Descriptive line

Black and white photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson depicting the cremation of Gandhi, the leader of the Indian nationalist movement against British rule, in Delhi. India, 1948.


Photographic paper


Bromide; Photography

Subjects depicted

Pyre; Funeral; Death; Cremation; Crowds




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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