Ruins of Residency, Lucknow, NWP.
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
This photograph was taken by Samuel Bourne in the 1860s as part of an album entitled 'Photographs of India and Overland Route'. It shows the ruins of the Residency at Lucknow. This once elegant building was erected in 1800 by Saadat Ali Khan. During the Indian Mutiny of 1857 the Residency Complex was the scene of an epic siege of the small British garrison under the command of Sir Henry Lawrence. The British troops were relieved by Sir Colin Campbell on November 17th after over four months of seige. The Banqueting Hall was once a sumptuous council chamber and was used as a hospital during the struggle.