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  • Place of origin:

    Uttar Pradesh (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

Ghat where English were murdered during the Indian Mutiny of 1857.

Place of Origin

Uttar Pradesh (made)
India (photographed)


mid 19th century (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Albumen photographic print


Height: 17.3 cm, Width: 29.3 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 Venetian by birth, dated between 1825 to 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 the Ghat where the English were murdered, after the Indian Mutiny, Cawnpore, India. ca.1858.

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

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

Subjects depicted

Ghat; River




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