Memorial Well, Cawnpore, India

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Memorial Well, Cawnpore, India 1865 - 1866
Samuel Bourne left England for India in 1862. He remained there for seven years, travelling extensively in the western Himalayas. This beautifully composed photograph shows the Memorial Well in Cawnpore (now Kanpur) in the distance. It was erected in around 1860 as a memorial to the Bibighar massacre, which followed the Siege of Cawnpore. In it many women and children were murdered and their mutilated bodies thrown down the well in an attempt to hide the evidence. From December 1864 until June 1866 Bourne travelled extensively in the area and photographed many scenes of interest which related to the Indian Rebellion of 1857.

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  • Acc. No. PGP R 1028.167
  • Medium Albumen print
  • Size 23.70 x 29.20 cm
  • Credit Gift of Mrs. Riddell in memory of Peter Fletcher Riddell, 1985