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When news of the outbreak of the Indian Mutiny reached England on 11 July 1857, the Prime Minister, Lord Palmerston, offered Lieutenant-General Sir Colin Campbell (1792–1863) the position of Commander-in-Chief India in place of General George Anson (1797–1857) who had just died of cholera. He accepted and left the following day, arriving in Calcutta (Kolkata) in August. Having organized his troops and cleared Lower Bengal of mutineers, on 9 November he advanced with 4,500 men, all of them Europeans except for two regiments of Sikhs, to relieve the besieged garrison at Lucknow. On 14 November the Dilkoosha Palace was stormed, and two days later the relief force broke through the besiegers' lines; the Residency evacuated to Cawnpore (Kanpur) on the 22nd.
The Dawn of Victory – Lord Clyde (1792–1863) Reconnoitring the Position of the Enemy, in Advance of the Relief of Lucknow, 1857
oil on canvas
H 52.6 x W 119.6 cm
purchased from Mr David Gray, 1993