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Cashmere Gate, Delhi is part of a portfolio of photographs taken by Major Robert Christopher Tytler and his wife Harriet. Robert served in the Bengal Army from 1834. The Tytlers photographed sites at Delhi, Lucknow and Cawnpore in the aftermath of the Indian Rebellion, an uprising against the British East India Company which ran from 1857 to 1859. Kashmir Gate was a strategically important fortification in the walled city of Delhi. During the Siege of 1857 it was the scene of a major assault by the British Army against Indian rebels.

This is one of over 80 photographs by the Tytlers in the British Library’s India Office collection. The couple was joined in Delhi by photographers Charles Shepherd (active 1858–78) and Felice Beato (1832–1909), who is considered to be one of the first war photographers. Harriet’s memoires of her time in India were published in full in 1986.

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