Lucknow. Chota Imambara Husainabad. Vintage photograph of the early 1860s


An excellent, large image by an unidentified photographer taken shortly after the disastrous events of the 1857 Sieges of Lucknow during the Indian Mutiny measures 10.75 x 9.25 ins [275 x 238 mm] and is tipped by the corners to an old paper album leaf, identified in contemporary pencil beneath the image. This excellent view of the Islamic building built by the Nawab of Oudh [Awadh] in 1836 views the building with its reflection in the water leading up to it. The photograph came to us as part of a collection put together by Colonel Charles Buchanan Riddell C.B.

Colonel Charles J Buchanan Riddell, CB. had been commissioned in to the Royal Artillery in 1834 and was to be advanced to Major General in 1866. Hart’s Army List notes that he “commanded the Siege Artillery of Outram’s force on the left bank of the Goomtee at the siege and capture of Lucknow in March 1858, also commanded the Artillery of Lugard’s Column at the affair at Tigree, relief of Azimghur, operations in the Jungle and capture of Jugdespore. (three times mentioned in despatches, C.B., medal with clasp).”

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