Baillie Gate from E., torn by mutineers' guns during siege; where rescuers entered - Lucknow, India
Photographer: Ricalton, James
Medium: Photographic print
Stereoscopic photograph of the Baillie Gate, from the east, at Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, taken by James Ricalton in c. 1903, The Underwood Travel Library: Stereoscopic Views of India. The Baillie gate was the main entrance to the Residency (the official residence of the Governor), within which a large number of British men, women and children were besieged by Nana Sahib during the Indian Uprising of 1857. This is one of a series of 100 photographs, designed to be viewed through a special binocular viewer, producing a 3D effect. The series was sold together with a book of descriptions and a map to enable the 'traveller' to imagine that he was really touring around India. Stereoscopic cameras, those with two lenses and the ability to take two photographs at the same time, were introduced in the mid 19th century and revolutionised photography. They cut down exposure time and thus allowed for some movement in the image without blurring as subjects were not required to sit for long periods to produce sharp results.