Fact Check: Know the truth of ‘real photo’ of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi

Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi was martyred on this day in the year 1858 while taking on the British. On this occasion, today we will tell the truth of one of his photos which has been shared for a long time. It is claimed with this photo that this photo is a real picture of Rani Lakshmibai, which was taken by British photographer Hoffman in 1850. Let’s know the truth of this photo..

What is in the viral photo

A newspaper cutting is very viral on social media. In this, a woman is seen wearing open hair, a bindi on her forehead and earrings in her ears. It is written in the caption that this photo was taken by English photographer Hoffman. It has also been written that it was also shown in the World Photography Exhibition held in Bhopal.

what is the truth

Seeing this photo, it is suspected that it could be a picture of Rani Laxmibai. The woman seen in the picture is looking camera friendly. Also, seeing the quality of this photo, it seems that it cannot be a photo of that era.

At the same time, we could not find the original photo of Laxmibai in any authentic place. Then we started looking for information about the photographer Hoffman, then we came across a photo which could be a photo taken by a British photographer.

According to the blog we found, this photo was bought by a painter named Amit Ambalal from Ahmedabad for Rs 1,50,000 and given to his photographer friend Vaman Thackeray. Thackeray had put that photo in an exhibition in Bhopal. Just, the photo was printed wrong in the news in the newspaper.

However, historians have also questioned this photo. Amresh Mishra, the author of ‘The War of 1857’, says that he has never seen this photo, nor heard about it while doing research for his book. He added that he had never even heard of Hoffman.

According to senior Congress leader and Raja Ranjit Singh Judeo of Samthar, Rani Lakshmibai got the throne of Jhansi after the death of Raja Gangarao in 1853. Then in 1850, how could she be photographed sitting on the throne in this dress.

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