About this artwork

The Cashmere Gate in Delhi was one of three main sites during the 1857 Indian Mutiny (or Great Rebellion). The conflict comprised deeds of heroism and acts of cruelty from both sides. One outcome was that sites like the Cashmere Gate were invested with a symbolic significance in both the Indian and British minds. Early British photographers in India demanded that they be recorded as a moral and historical lesson. Here, the photographer’s gaze is unswerving, choosing to focus directly on the Gate, and the obvious evidence of damage resulting from the struggles. There are no distractions in the photograph other than the inclusion of a figure to convey a sense of scale.

Updated before 2020

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