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Suppression of the Indian Revolt by the English

Suppression of the Indian Revolt by the English is a late-19th-century painting by Russian artist Vasily Vereshchagin. The work depicts several Sepoys being executed by being "Blown from a gun" in the aftermath of the Indian Rebellion of 1857. The painting's location is unknown.[1]

Suppression of the Indian Revolt by the English
Vereshchagin-Blowing from Guns in British India.jpg
ArtistVasily Vereshchagin
Yearc. 1884
MediumOil on canvas


Vereshchagin, a famous war artist known for his realism, painted Suppression of the Indian Revolt in 1884. The work is anachronistic; it depicts a real event from the 1857 rebellion, but also shows British soldiers wearing contemporary uniforms.[1][2] The painting was part of Vereshchagin's "trilogy of executions", which also included the works Execution of Conspirators in Russia and Crucifixion by the Romans.[3] The painting was controversial when it was unveiled to the public. The British crown purchased the work, after which it disappeared; multiple sources report that the work was possibly destroyed.[4][1]


  1. ^ a b c Ilina, Anastasiia. "An Introduction to Vasily Vereshchagin in 10 Paintings". Culture Trip. Retrieved 2018-10-25.
  2. ^ "Vasily Vereshchagin – Russiapedia Art Prominent Russians". Retrieved 2018-10-25.
  3. ^ "Exhibitions Element | The State Museum of Political History of Russia". Retrieved 2018-10-25.
  4. ^ "Vasily Vereshchagin Biography (1842-1904) - A Russian Painter Life". Totally History. 2013-02-10. Retrieved 2018-10-25.