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The Relief of Lucknow

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: India
    City: Kolkata
    Place: British Deputy High Commission

    Interpretation about this artwork is under review

    The Government Art Collection recognises its responsibility to artists, colleagues and all our audiences to represent the diversity of the UK and to embed anti-racist and equitable practices throughout our work. We are taking action to address inequality in the Collection and its interpretation.

  • About the artist
    Thomas Jones Barker was born in Bath, Somerset, the son of painter Thomas Barker of Bath. He was taught by his father, before studying in Paris under Horace Vernet. He remained in Paris, exhibiting at the Salon, and painted works for King Louis Philippe. After returning to London in 1845, he exhibited at the Royal Academy. He was best known for scenes of war and painted records of the Napoleonic Wars, Franco-Prussian War and the Crimean War. Barker’s principle patrons were publishers, who commissioned, toured and reproduced his works. Today, his most celebrated painting is ‘The Secret of England’s Greatness’ (c.1862), showing Victoria presenting a bible to an African man. Barker died in north-west London, just before his 69th birthday.
  • Explore
    People
    Campbell, Colin, Baron ClydeHavelock, Sir HenryOutram, Sir James
    Places
    India
    Materials & Techniques
    engraving
  • Details
    Title
    The Relief of Lucknow
    Date
    1863
    Medium
    Engraving
    Acquisition
    Presented by Hilda Bloomfield, November 1960
    Inscription
    below image, in ink (in window mount): Ever my dear Read / with Sincere affection / Your old friend / Colin Campbell
    Provenance
    Presented to Miss Hilda Bloomfield's grandfather by Colin Campbell; presented by Hilda Bloomfield in November 1960
    GAC number
    5369