Mar 12, 2014

The Mutiny of the Heroine Rani Lakshmi Bai of Jhansi

The Mutiny of the Heroine Rani Lakshmi Bai of Jhansi

c. 1890

Gum tempera, graphite, ink, and tin on paper

Secondary Support: 48.5 x 29.6 cm (19 1/8 x 11 5/8 in.); Painting only: 45.5 x 28 cm (17 15/16 x 11 in.)

Gift of William E. Ward in memory of his wife, Evelyn Svec Ward 2003.146



Rani Lakshmi Bai was a widow of Raja Gangadhar Rao, the Maharaja of Jhansi, whose state had been annexed by the British. On June 10, 1857, following a massacre of Europeans by local Indian troops, she was proclaimed ruler. One of the first freedom fighters, she resisted the British and was killed in June 1858. She later became a legendary mutiny heroine and an icon for the Indian independence movement. In this image she wears a British crown and has her sword raised.

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