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ROGER FENTON (1819-69)

General James Bucknall Estcourt (1802-1855)


RCIN 2500239

General James Estcourt (1803–55) was a chief staff officer during the difficult first winter in the Crimea. He was among those most strongly criticised by the public and the press for the suffering of the army, although he was defended by his close friend Lord Raglan. He died of cholera in the Crimea in June 1855. This photograph is hard to interpret. It can be seen as someone taking a break from military concerns but it could also be a portrait of illness and exhaustion.

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