The Relief of Lucknow, 1857
1 portrait of James Metcalfe
The Relief of Lucknow, 1857
by Thomas Jones Barker
oil on canvas, 1859
41 1/2 in. x 71 3/8 in. (1054 mm x 1813 mm)
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Artistback to top
- Thomas Jones Barker (1815-1882), Painter of portraits and military subjects. Artist associated with 6 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
Sittersback to top
- Sir Archibald Alison, 2nd Bt (1826-1907), General. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Colonel Alison. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Captain Allgood. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Major Hon. A.H. Anson. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Sir David Baird, 3rd Bt (1832-1913), Army officer and landowner. Sitter in 5 portraits.
- Colin Campbell, 1st Baron Clyde (1792-1863), Field Marshal. Sitter in 26 portraits.
- Colonel Crawford. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Captain Forster. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Sir James Hope Grant (1808-1875), General; brother of Sir Francis Grant. Sitter in 7 portraits.
- William Wilberforce Harris Greathed (1826-1878), Major-General. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Lieutenant Harwood. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Sir Henry Havelock, Bt (1795-1857), General. Sitter associated with 6 portraits.
- Adrian Price Webley Hope (1911-1992), Major-General. Sitter in 11 portraits.
- John James Hope-Johnstone (died 1912), Lieutenant. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Sir John Eardley Wilmot Inglis (1814-1862), Major-General. Sitter in 3 portraits.
- Thomas Henry Kavanagh (1822-1882), Assistant Commissioner at Oudh; awarded civilian VC for his services during The Relief of Lucknow. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Colonel Little (active 1857). Sitter in 1 portrait.
- James Metcalfe (1817-1888), Lieutenant-Colonel. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- William Robert Moorsom (1834-1858), Aide-de-camp to Sir Henry Havelock. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala (1810-1890), Field Marshal. Sitter in 27 portraits.
- Sir Henry Wylie Norman (1826-1904), Field Marshal and colonial governor. Sitter in 10 portraits.
- Sir James Outram, 1st Bt (1803-1863), Lieutenant-General. Sitter in 10 portraits.
- Sir William Peel (1824-1858), Naval captain. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Major Probyn. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts (1832-1914), Field Marshal. Sitter in 78 portraits.
- Brigadier General Russell (active 1859). Sitter in 1 portrait.
- William Rose Mansfield, 1st Baron Sandhurst (1819-1876), General. Sitter in 5 portraits.
- Patrick Stewart (1832-1865), Soldier. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Captain Watson (active 1857). Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
The picture represents an incident in the Indian Rebellion or Mutiny of 1857: Lucknow was besieged, but with only a relatively small number of troops, helped by later reinforcements under the command of Outram and Havelock, managed to hold out from July to November. The siege was raised by Sir Colin Campbell, the new commander of the British armies on 17 November, but Havelock died only a week later.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Audio Guide
- Victorian Portraits Resource Pack, p. 22
- Bayly, Christopher, The Raj: India and the British 1600-1947, 1990 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 19 October 1990 - 17 March 1991), p. 247
- Funnell, Peter, Victorian Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery Collection, 1996, p. 22
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 727
- Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997), p. 72
See this portrait
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery