View taken from the Residency
Artist: Dodgson, Sir David Scott (1822-1898)
Medium: Lithograph, coloured
This lithograph is taken from plate 6 of 'General Views of Lucknow' by Sir DS Dodgson.
The Residency complex was the stage for the epic Siege of Lucknow in 1857. Left as it was at the time of its final relief, the site is now a national monument, a symbol of British courage and fortitude. The rubble has been landscaped to provide a setting for the surviving ruins, which still convey the grandeur of the original structures. The house in the foreground was occupied by General Outram and his staff during the siege. The buildings in the centre were held by rebel Indians, as was the Kaiser Bagh in the background, the palaces and grounds of which were built by the last Nawab of Avadh, Wajid Ali Shah, in 1850. It was one of the most formidable strongholds of the rebel forces. The battery of soldiers behind cannons, pictured to the left, swept the road leading down to the Baillie Guard Gateway.