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'The Bridge of Boats Over the Goomtee at Lucknow', c 1858.

Beato, Felice

'The Bridge of Boats Over the Goomtee at Lucknow', c 1858.
3 5 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 27cm


A photograph of a temporary bridge over the River Gomti at Lucknow, India, taken by Felice Beato. 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 afterwards the Indian Mutiny or Great Sepoy Rebellion (1857-1858). Beato left the partnership with Robertson in 1860 to photograph the Opium War in China. In 1862 he moved to Japan, where he worked until 1877. From 1884 to 1885 Beato was the official photographer to the British army in the Sudan.

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