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Photograph - Ludlow Castle, Delhi

Ludlow Castle, Delhi

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Delhi (made)
    India (photographed)

  • Date:

    mid 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Beato, Felice (photographer)
    Beato, Felice (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen photographic print

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 131

Physical description

Dr Ludlow built and occupied this house in Delhi, which he named 'Ludlow Castle'. After his death it was used as residence for the commissioner. From 1857 it became the Delhi club, and in the 1890's the estate was given to a school, which demolished the castle during the 1960's and replaced it with a school building. However, the school retained the name, which is also the name of a bus-stop.

Place of Origin

Delhi (made)
India (photographed)


mid 19th century (made)


Beato, Felice (photographer)
Beato, Felice (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen photographic print


Height: 23.7 cm, Width: 30.7 cm

Object history note

Beato had a particular interest in photographing military campaigns. The rich diversity of his work in India developed after his arrival in February 1858, where he photographed the aftermath of the Indian Mutiny of 1857 and devastation in Delhi, Cawnpore and Lucknow, famous for its massacre of Europeans by the Indian army. Beato's war photographs of India range from portraits of commanding officers to vast Indian landscapes and derelict forts and palaces.

Historical context note

There is little conclusive evidence about the life of the 19th century photographer Felice A. Beato, who was born in Venice between 1825 and 1830, but became a naturalised British subject. Beato is most recognised as a war photographer where his travel from Europe provided the opportunity to record military war in India after the Mutiny of 1857, the opium wars in China in 1860 and Japan in 1862. Beato later died in Burma, ca 1908-1909.

Descriptive line

Photograph by Felice Beato of 'Ludlow Castle' after the Indian Mutiny, Delhi, India, about 1858

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Masselos, Jim and Gupta, Narayani (2000) " Beato's Delhi 1857, 1997", Ravi Dayal, Delhi.




Albumen process

Subjects depicted

Mansions; Buildings; Houses




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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