The Kaiserbagh, Lucknow, India, 1858.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Photograph by Felice Beato. The Kaiser Bagh (Kaiserbagh) palace was built between 1848 and 1850 for Nawab Wajid Ali Shah (reigned 1847-1856). It was sacked and largely destroyed during the Indian Mutiny or Great Sepoy Rebellion (1857-1858). Beato, a Venetian by birth, initially worked as a photographer in England. Around 1854 he began working with his brother-in-law James Robertson, based in Constantinople (Istanbul). Some photographs are signed 'Robertson, Beato and Co'. It is possible the 'and Co' refers to Felice's brother Antonio Beato. Robertson and Beato photographed the Crimean War in 1855 and the Indian Mutiny. Beato left the partnership with Robertson in 1860 to photograph the Opium War in China.