|An unmounted albumen print showing an empty redan after the battle of Tel el-Kebir. Some Egyptian men may be seen sitting at the back of the redan under some earthwork fortifications.
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 8.3” by 10.7” (212 mm by 272 mm).
condition: The print shows some light creases running vertically across the image and there are some small, irregular creases in the area of the sky. There is, in addition, a half-inch
tear running horizontally off the print’s right-hand edge and another tear near its lower left-hand corner.
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