Photographer Sudipta Chakraborty is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this architecture/documentary photography. From the project ‘RESIDENCY’. To see Sudipta’s body of work, click on any image.
The Residency, situated on the southern part of Gomti river in the city of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. It was the residence for the British Resident General who was a representative in the court of Nawab. Similar in many aspects to the western title of Prince, the term “nawab” refers to a sovereign monarch, frequently of a South Asian state.
Construction took place between 1780 and 1800 AD. However, this did not last long, and the Residency was attacked by freedom fighters in 1857 which was often termed as the Lucknow siege.
This attack went on for 87 days and this was an unparalleled freedom struggle in the History of the country. Extensive damage resulted on the Residency after this attack. Ruins were evident on the doors, windows, roofs and pavilions of buildings with large holes on the walls which completely destroyed the beauty of the place.
Though General Campbell after a prolonged fight was able to stop the freedom fighters but by that time the ruins of the Residency were too high.
All images and text © Sudipta Chakraborty
By Sudipta Chakraborty
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