Lucknow's memorial to Sir Henry Lawrence and heroes who died in '57 (view N.W.), India
Photographer: Ricalton, James
Medium: Photographic print
Stereoscopic photograph of the memorial to Sir Henry Lawrence at the Residency at Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, taken by James Ricalton in c. 1903, from The Underwood Travel Library: Stereoscopic Views of India. Part of the Residency is visible in the background of this image and Lawrence's grave is nearby; he died at Lucknow of wounds sustained during the Indian Uprising of 1857. The two men in the foreground on the lawn are both Residency guides. 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.