Still Prints of Asia: Alumbagh, near Lucknow
Portions of this collection are digitized

Collection ID:
Beato, Felice, b. ca. 1825
Physical Description:
1 Print
image 24 x 29 cm., mounted 38 x 41 cm.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
One albumen print by Felix Beato, mounted on card, with "Alumbagh near Lucknow 1857-8" lightly inscribed in pencil below the print. View of the Alumbagh (or Alambagh) palace and surrounding entrenchments, circa 1858.

One flat box.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Although he was born in Greece, Felice Beato worked as a press photographer in England and achieved recognition for his coverage of British political conflicts, photographing the Crimean War of 1855 and, together with his brother-in-law, James Robertson, the 1858 Indian Mutiny in Delhi and Lucknow. The images Beato took during this time are thought to be the first to depict actual human corpses on the battlefield. After moving to Yokohama in 1863, Beato opened the area's first photography studio and documented the people and culture of Japan for the next twenty years, taking photographs and selling them to tourists. During his travels, Beato was able to gain access to Japanese ports that were open only to diplomats by acting as an official photographer for the British navy.
Biographical / Historical
Lucknow was the capital of the former state of Oudh (now spelt Awadh, and a region in the state of Uttar Pradesh), in India. The prolonged defense there by the British proved to be one of the key episodes in the unsuccessful Indian Rebellion of 1857-1858. Alumbagh (Alambagh) was a large residence and garden located about 4 miles from Lucknow. It was used as a fort by the rebels and later as the military command for the British.

Custodial History
Purchased, 1999.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
FSA A1999.29


Digital Content

Using the Collection
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Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Lucknow (India) Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lucknow (India) -- History -- Siege, 1857 Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Albumen prints Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
India -- Uttar Padesh -- Lucknow Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
Washington, D.C. 20013