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Lucknow, La Martiniere in the early 1860s

The image shows the battle scarred facade of La Martiniere College in Lucknow shortly after the damage caused during the Muitny. It measures 11¼ x 9ins [288 x 230mm] and is tipped by the corners only to a strong old paper album sheet. There is no indication of the photographer’s identity but it dates from the early 1860s. The college was damaged extensively during the two attacks by Sir Colin Campbell in November 1857 and March 1858. A photograph from a slightly different angle was taken by Beato [see India through the Lens, photo no 49] although his image does not show the extent of the wings. The photograph is in very clean condition and shows good toning. This image has come to us with a group of other photographs dating from around 1862-3 which were kept by Colonel Charles Buchanan Riddle, CB of the Royal Artillery who had served in the Mutiny where he was three times mentioned in despatches and was awarded his CB. He later became a major general.

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