|An unmounted albumen print showing graves on the battlefield of Tel el-Kebir. Two graves, each marked with a simple wooden cross, may be seen in the centre of the middle distance, while to the left a larger mound of earth, again marked with a single wooden cross, probably marks the site where a number of bodies have been buried.
Following the rebellion of discontended Egyptian officers in 1882, Great Britain acted to protect its financial interests in the area, in particular the Suez Canal. Hostilities commenced with the bombardment of Alexandria on 11 July. The deciding engagement took place on 13 September at Tel el-Kebir, in the desert east of Kassassin, when 18,500 British and Indian troops under the command of Major-General Garnet Wolseley defeated Ahmed Urabi’s force of 15,000 Egyptian and Sudanese soldiers. Khedive Tawfiq was formally reinstated 12 days later. The guarantees and concessions he subsequently made facilitated the British occupation of Egypt, which was to last until 1956. Urabi was sentenced to death, but was later exiled to Ceylon.
The print measures 7.6” by 10.1” (192 mm by 256 mm).
condition: The print shows a long, light crease running diagonally across the image and a small patch of foxing in the area of the sky. Both of these appear worse in the scan than in reality.
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