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Rani Lakshmi Bai


This picture commemorates the queen of the princely kingdom of Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh for organizing an armed uprising against British rule during the Indian uprising of 1857, also known as the Indian Mutiny according to British history. The numerous clashes between the Rani of Jhansi and the British army are widely documented, as is her eventual wounds and demise in June 1858 while defending Gwalior Fort. In the lithograph, the queen of Jhansi, who had been in charge since her husband's passing in 1853, is shown executing an Indian soldier (sepoy) serving the British. She is joined by two men, most likely meant to represent her general Khuda Baksh Basharat Ali and her son Damodar Rao, the young man on the far right. In addition to a second stead, her favorite stallion Badal is standing behind her. The amazing print was made in a Kalighat studio in Calcutta not long after the events they showed. A print like this would have been viewed as being highly subversive in the highly charged environment that followed the Indian uprising and would have had to circulate in secret, which likely explains why so few examples have survived.
GST 12%
Color Black Frame
MediumType: Paper
Mount: Black Mount
Variable: Acrylic
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