Calcutta. Sir W Peel's Monument, Eden Gardens
Photographer: Mallitte, Oscar Jean Baptiste
Medium: Photographic print
This photograph of the Peel Monument in Eden Gardens was taken by Oscar Mallitte in 1865 to form part of an album entitled 'Photographs of India and Overland Route'. Eden Gardens was named after Emily and Fanny Eden, the sisters of Lord Auckland, Governor-General of India from 1836-1842. This is a view of Speed's white marble statue of Sir William Peel VC (1824-1858), in naval uniform, paid for by Army subscription. William, the third son of Sir Robert Peel, Prime Minister of Britain, won the Victoria Cross for his exploits at the Siege of Sebastopol during the Crimean War. He died of smallpox during the Indian Mutiny following the relief of Lucknow, when he led the naval brigade.