Massacre Ghat, Cawnpore.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph with a view of the ghats (stepped embankments) where large numbers of the British were killed in the Indian uprising of 1857, at Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1880s, part of the Bellew Collection of Architectural Views in India. Kanpur, on the Ganges, was an important river-port and grain trading centre in the 19th century, which achieved notoriety in the history of the British empire as 'Cawnpore', the scene of one of the bloodiest incidents of 1857, when many British residents, including women and children, were killed and thrown into a well here by the rebels. The town had been under siege by the forces of Nana Sahib. When a truce had been negotiated, the surviving British were boarding boats at the ghats of Kanpur which would lead them to safety at Allahabad, when they were killed. After the relief of Kanpur under General Havelock, there were bloody reprisals in turn from the British forces.