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The Relief of Lucknow, 1857

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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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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.

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