BEATO (FELICE) An album of architectural views in India, comprising Lucknow, Delhi, Agra and Benares, [c.1858]
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BEATO (FELICE) An album of architectural views in India, comprising Lucknow, Delhi, Agra and Benares, [c.1858]
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An album of architectural views in India, comprising Lucknow, Delhi, Agra and Benares, 38 albumen silver prints (most numbered in the negative as per footnote), 6 small (typically 100 x 76mm.) salted paper print portraits of unidentified male sitters, views mounted one per page (recto only), captioned in pencil on the mounts, images approximately 252 x 280mm., early maroon morocco gilt, lettered "Benares, Lucknow, Agra, Delhi" on upper cover, g.e., oblong folio, [c.1858]



    It is thought that Beato (1832-1909), a Briton of Italian heritage, may have been commissioned by the War Office in London to document the architectural damage caused to Lucknow after the Indian Mutiny. He was in Lucknow during the March and April of 1858, just weeks after its capture by the British under the command of Sir Colin Campbell.

    Comprising: 'Sacred Temple of Benares from the River side' (B2); 'Buddhist Temple', the Dhamekh Stupa, Sarnath (to the north east of Benares) (B3); 'Sacred well, Benares' (B6); 'The Martinere Bra--? Sikhs - Lucknow', with armed Sikh soliders in the foreground (L6); one of Beato's most well known images of the aftermath of the Indian Mutiny, the Secundra Bagh 'after the slaughter of 2000 rebels' (as caption in the mount) by the 93rd Higlanders and 4th Punjab Regiment (L13); 'The Motee Mahal - First attack of Sir Colin Campbell Nov. 1857', Lucknow (L19); 'Small mosque in Kaiserbagh' (L24); 'The tomb of Saadat Ali in Kaiserbagh Palace' (L25); 'Asfi Mosque inside the Imambara of Asaf-ud-daula, Lucknow' (L47); 'The Hosainabad Emambara [and] Tomb of Mohamed Ali Khan' (L55); '[The] Summa Musjid Gate' (L56); 'The Taj from the East' (A2); 'Entrance view of the Taj' (A6); 'The Taj from the Fountains' (A7); 'Gateway of the Taj' (A10); 'The Gateway of the Taj' (A11); 'Delhi Gate of Agra Fort' (A12); 'Marble Palace in Fort Agra' (A14); 'Tomb of [I'timad]-ud-Doulah' (A16); 'Akbar's Tomb at Secundra near Agra;' 'Gateway of Akbar's Tomb, Secundra' (A20); another view of "Tomb of [I'timad]-ud-Doulah;' 'Summum Bourg in the Fort Agra' (A24); 'Bridge of Boats over the Jumna, Taken from Lulim Ghur' (D1); 'Hindoo Rao's House' (D5); 'Cashmere Gate' (D22); 'Lahore Gate of the Palace;' 'Jumna Musjid;' 'Jain Temple;' 'View on the Chandee Chowk' (D40); 'Tomb of the Emperor Hoomaoon, where Major Hodson captured the King' (D42); 'Old Gateway near Delhi' (D43); 'Kootub [Minar]', (two sheets joined); 'Arch in Kootub' a portrait oriented view showing the central arch of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, south of Delhi, also known as the 'Great Arch' (D4?); another view, landscape oriented, of 'Arch in Kootub;' 'Interior of the Hindoo Temple at Kootub' showing the colonnade that comprises the east side of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque (D50); 'Exterior of the Hindoo Temple in Kootub,' and 'Tomb in Kootub' (D56).
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