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Fortress of Jellalabad

Fortress of Jellalabad

Artist: Dodgson, Sir David Scott (1822-1898)

Medium: Lithograph, coloured

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: X270(19)

Item number: 27019

Length: 17.6

Width: 27.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

This lithograph is taken from plate 19 of 'General Views of Lucknow' by Sir DS Dodgson. The fortress of Jalalabad was on the southern outskirts of Lucknow and built by Safdar Jang, Nawab of Avadh (1739-1753). Now in ruins, it was the scene of intense fighting in 1858, since it was part of the British line of defences of the city. General Outram's forces successfully faught back Indian rebels there in January and February 1858. As the British began to reverse the rebels' initial successes and regain control of Lucknow, their field of activity narrowed and Jalalabad Fort was abandoned, serving no further strategic function.

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