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The Martiniere, Lucknow

The Martiniere, Lucknow

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Add.Or.2665

Item number: 2665

Length: 9

Width: 15.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour drawing of La Martinière in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh by an anonymous artisit working in the Delhi style, c. 1860. Inscribed in Persian characters: 'Kothi Martini Lakhnau'; in English: 'The Martinière Lucknow.'

La Martinière was built by Frenchman Claude Martin (1735-1800) in 1795, though he died before its completion in 1802. This example of European architecture later influenced the development of the hybrid Indo-European architecture in Lucknow of the 19th century. Initially designed as a country house, it was converted into a school for boys. At the start of the Uprising of 1857 La Martinière was occupied by the insurgents but evacuated in November 1857 with the news of Sir Colin Campbell's march towards it. During the second attack in 1858 La Martinière was deserted thus being one of the few monuments in Lucknow to escape damage. The students of the school helped in the defence of the Residency along with the British troops. After the Uprising the masters and boys of the school were provided with the mutiny medal for their services.

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