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Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Lucknow (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1858 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Beato, Felice (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen photographic print

  • Museum number:

    3218-1955

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 512M, case MX24, shelf 3

Physical description

British Army group at Lucknow including Captain Wheeler, Lieutenant Hall, W.H. Warner, Mr. Kavanagh and Lieutenant Maxwell of the 1st Bengal Fusilers.

Place of Origin

Lucknow (made)

Date

ca. 1858 (made)

Artist/maker

Beato, Felice (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen photographic print

Dimensions

Height: 16.5 cm, Width: 22 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 and devastation in Delhi, Cawnpore and Lucknow of 1857, 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 British Army group, after the Indian Mutiny, Lucknow, 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

Soldier

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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