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Photograph - Thomas Henry Kavanagh

Thomas Henry Kavanagh

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Lucknow (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1858 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Beato, Felice (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen photographic print

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Portrait photograph of Thomas Henry V.C. Kavanagh of the Bengal Civil Service, who received the Victoria Cross for services during the Indian Mutiny at Lucknow.

Place of Origin

Lucknow (made)


ca. 1858 (made)


Beato, Felice (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen photographic print


Height: 22 cm, Width: 16 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 Thomas Henry Kavanagh, 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.


Photographs; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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