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The Relief of Lucknow, 1857

1 of 5 portraits of William Rose Mansfield, 1st Baron Sandhurst

The Relief of Lucknow, 1857, by Thomas Jones Barker, 1859 - NPG 5851 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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)
Purchased, 1985
Primary Collection
NPG 5851

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  • Thomas Jones Barker (1815-1882), Painter of portraits and military subjects. Artist associated with 6 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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This painting represents one of the key events of the Indian Rebellion or Mutiny of 1857. The siege of Lucknow, which had lasted from July, was raised by Sir Colin Campbell, the new commander of the British armies, on 17 November. Sir James Outram and Sir Henry Havelock, who died only a week later, had brought reinforcements to bolster the small number of troops initially under siege. British public opinion was profoundly shocked by the scale of the mutiny and by the loss of life on both sides; the massacre of captured Europeans, and the indiscriminate killing of Indian soldiers and civilians by the British armies.

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