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Entrance to the Sikanderbagh, Lucknow.

Entrance to the Sikanderbagh, Lucknow.

Photographer: De Montmorency, Reymond Hervey

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1867

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/12(1347)

Item number: 1347

Length: 19.5

Width: 28.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View of the Sikandarbagh gateway at Lucknow, photographed by Reymond Hervey De Montmorency in 1867. The Sikandarbagh was built by Nawab Wajid Ali Shah (1847-56) as a pleasure garden for the use of women of the court and was named after Shander Mahal, a wife of the Nawab. The gateway led to a two-storied pavilion and the gardens were surrounded by a high wall. Intense fighting occurred here during India’s First War of Independence (1857) when the British were finally able to liberate officers and civilians were incarcerated in the Residency at Lucknow. On 16th November troops under Sir Colin Campbell made a breach in the defences allowing the Sikhs and 93rd Highlanders to defeat two thousand Indian soldiers. Though the garden and pavilion have not survived, the gateway still exists and it is now the location of the National Botanical Gardens.

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