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Suttee Chouree Ghat. Scene of the Massacre, Cawnpore

Suttee Chouree Ghat. Scene of the Massacre, Cawnpore

Photographer: Baker, William Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 938/3(4)

Item number: 93834

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Sati Chaura Ghat at Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, taken by William Henry Baker in the 1860s, from the Edward Molyneux Collection. This view looks along the bank of the river Ganges towards the ghat. The photograph is inscribed in pencil on the reverse: '350 Suttee Choura Ghat. The scene of the Massacre (Cawnpore).' This is an albumen print, signed 'W. Baker 350' in the negative and the number and caption correspond to the entry in the Baker and Burke catalogue published in Lahore in 1872. Kanpur is now an important rail and industrial centre south-west of Lucknow. The Sati Chaura Ghat was the site of a major massacre of Europeans who were trying to leave Kanpur via boats to Allahabad and were fired upon by the sepoys, in 1857, during the Indian Uprising. A small plaque in a wall near the track leading down to the river marks the spot. On the river front is a small temple dedicated to Shiva.

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