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The Cashmere Gate battered by shot and shell, where the British entered (1857), Delhi, India

The Cashmere Gate battered by shot and shell, where the British entered (1857), Delhi, India

Photographer: Ricalton, James

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1903

Shelfmark: Photo 181/(78)

Item number: 78

Length: 8.9

Width: 17.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Stereoscopic photograph of the Kashmir Gate at Delhi, with carriages and pedestrians on the roadway, taken by James Ricalton in c. 1903, from The Underwood Travel Library: Stereoscopic Views of India. This image of the gateway at the centre of the Siege of Delhi during the Indian Uprising of 1857 is described by Ricalton in 'India Through the Stereoscope' (1907): "The old gateway still stands with all its scars and memories. The ponderous gates are gone and some restorations have been made between the arches. You can see it is today a busy thoroughfare with one passage-way for entrance and the other for exit. You see none of the antique primitive vehicles here, all are of the more modern type because Delhi is becoming modern; but most of the costumes we see are native; we notice two English officers in khaki uniforms. The scene at this moment is more animated than usual, it being the time of the great Durbar." This is one of a series of 100 photographs, designed to be viewed through a special binocular viewer, producing a 3D effect, which were sold together with a book of descriptions and a map. Stereoscopic cameras, those with two lenses and the ability to take two photographs at the same time, were introduced in the mid 19th century.

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