View from General Outram's Head Quarters (Dr Fayrer's House)
Artist: Dodgson, Sir David Scott (1822-1898)
Medium: Lithograph, coloured
This lithograph is taken from plate 2 from 'General Views of Lucknow' by Sir DS Dodgson.
Lucknow held undercurrents of resentment against the British since 1856, when the state of Avadh of which it was the capital was annexed by Lord Dalhousie and the last Nawab, Wajid Ali Shah, was deposed and exiled to Calcutta. Chief Commissioner Lawrence was aware of the precarious atmosphere in Lucknow, and when the 1857 revolt swept Avadh he immediately took up defensive quarters in the Residency compound. The Baillie Guard Gateway in the centre of the picture was one of the most important posts in the garrison. The ruined gateway to the left was held tenaciously by the Indians. Dodgson wrote that they "had several crack shots concealed in the upper portion of it, from whose bullets many a brave soul in the garrison perished." The palaces in front were finally stormed and held by the relieving force under General Havelock.