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Eighteen Fifty Seven: Revolt and Contemporary Visuals

S P Verma (Author)
Synopsis The Revolt of 1857, often called India's First War of Independence, is always to be remembered as a violent opposition of the British rule in India.  It launched a new phase in Indian policies and political ideas, and there emerged amongst the people of India a consciousness of belonging to one country.  Undoubtedly, the uprising of 1857 was a liberation movement, and today, its relevance lies in its enormous significance as a focus for nationalist sentiment in modern India.  After the definitive history of the Revolt by D.P. Chattopadhyaya, Hira Lal Gupta, P.C. Joshi, S.N. Sen, R.C. Majumdar, S.B. Chaudhuri, Bipin Chandra and Eric Strokes, much needed fundamental research and interpretation is added to the earlier accounts of Sir John William Kaye, Sir George Forrest, G.B. Malleson, James .McLeod Innes, Martin R. Montgomery and Thomas Rice Holmes.  Today, as the nation observes the 150th anniversary of the Revolt of 1857, we naturally wish to have images and visuals of those who rose in arms in the great uprising.  Though we have several textual narratives, we have, however, few illustrations of the incidents of the Revolt, and of the rebels as individuals.  The present volume illustrated with the contemporary pictures of the major events of 1857 commemorates this epic of human race.  These historical illustrations thoroughly captivating take us back to their days and invent a feel of the times, and present an evocative portrait of the time through the eyes of a few British artists and eye-witnesses what it looked like to them, how it felt, how it sounded and how it smelt.  The illustrations, even if tainted by a sense of vengeance, are by-and-large historical and testify to their sense of realism.
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About the author

S P Verma

Professor S.P. Verma (b.1942) taught at the Department of History, Aligarh Muslim University. He has published extensively on Indian miniatures and British paintings narrating the events of the Revolt of 1857 including Art and Material Culture in the Paintings of Akbar's Court (1978); Mughal Painters and Their Work, A Biographical Survey and Comprehensive Catalogue (1994); Mughal Painter of Flora and Fauna: Ustad Mansur (1999); Painting the Mughal Experience (2005); Eighteen Fifty Seven: Revolt and Contemporary Visuals (2007); and Crossing Cultural Frontiers: Biblical Themes in Mughal Painting (2011) and as editor Flora and Fauna in Mughal Art (1999), and 1857: An Illustrated History (2008). In 1986-87, Dr. Verma worked at the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. as a Fulbright Fellow, and in 2005-06 at the Aligarh Muslim University as a Senior Fellow in History (ICHR). Dr. Verma, a practicing artist as well, is the recipient of two prestigious awards by the Indian Academy of Fine Arts, Amritsar (1981), and the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata (1982). Currently, Dr. Verma is an Emeritus Fellow in History (UGC) at Aligarh Muslim University.

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Title Eighteen Fifty Seven: Revolt and Contemporary Visuals
Author S P Verma
Format Hardcover
Date published: 09.07.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788173053290
length xii+226p., 3 Colour & 79 B/w Plates; Notes; Bibliography; 31cm.