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Execution of two Indian mutineers

ca. 1858 (made)
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Execution of two Indian mutineers by hanging, with small crowd of army onlookers.

object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Albumen photographic print
Brief Description
Photograph by Felice Beato of Execution of Native Mutineers, after the Indian Mutiny, Lucknow, India. ca.1858.
Physical Description
Execution of two Indian mutineers by hanging, with small crowd of army onlookers.
  • Height: 16.6cm
  • Width: 22cm
Object history
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
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.
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic Reference
Masselos, Jim and Gupta, Narayani (2000) " Beato's Delhi 1857, 1997", Ravi Dayal, Delhi.
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record createdMay 21, 2003
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