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Roofless House after the Lucknow Mutiny

Accession Number
1991/1.108

Title
Roofless House after the Lucknow Mutiny

Artist(s)
Felice Beato

Artist Nationality
British (modern)

Object Creation Date
1858

Medium & Support
albumen print on paper

Dimensions
10 3/16 in x 12 1/16 in (25.88 cm x 30.64 cm);16 in x 20 in (40.64 cm x 50.8 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of W. Howard and Margaret Bond

Subject matter
This photograph depicts a palatial building that has been devastated by war. Its once elegantly symmetrical façade is riddled and pocked with the scars of battle. Of the columns that used to support the portico over the terrace, a single battered column is left standing, the shattered remains of the others lie strewn before the structure. Seated in the foreground amongst the rubble are a group of four shirtless men wearing turbans. The former house of the Indian ruler, Begum Samru, this building was occupied by the British-run Delhi Bank at the time of its destruction. During the Indian Rebellion of 1857-58, the city of Delhi was taken by Indian sepoys who were revolting against the rule of the British East India Company. This brutal conflict originated from the nearby city of Lucknow and eventually involved much of the subcontinent, with both sides committing atrocities. Felice Beato arrived in Delhi shortly after it was recaptured by British forces, where he documented the devastation of the fighting.

Physical Description
This photograph depicts a view of a devastated palatial building. Before its shattered portico is a pile of rubble and fragments of columns. Four men in turbans are seated on the ground before the building. 

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
arches
architecture (object genre)
banks (financial institutions)
colonialism
groups
house
males
palaces
palm tree
revolutions
rubble
ruins
seated
sieges
travel photography
violence
war photography

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