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Chutter Manzil Palace, with the King's Boat in the Shape of a Fish on the Gomti River by Felice Beato
Chutter Manzil Palace, with the King's Boat in the Shape of a Fish on the Gomti River by Felice Beato

Chutter Manzil Palace, with the King's Boat in the Shape of a Fish on the Gomti River, 1858

Felice Beato

The fish-shaped vessel in the foreground of this photograph, the king’s boat, is an image of battered extavagance. Its fanciful detailing includes protruding fins, a scalloped tail, and rectangular portholes — you can see a man peeking out of one of them to observe the scene. But the boat looks worn and weathered, as if it’s been through a war. In fact, it has — the photographer, Beato, arrived in India in 1858, a year after the rebellion against British colonial rule. The “Umbrella Palace” building in the background sustained damage during the uprising, and a three-masted ship in the river lists starboard, a symbol of a damaged post-war landscape.

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The J. Paul Getty Museum
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