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Roger Fenton (1819-69)

Cavalry camp, church parade 1855

RCIN 2500506

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Roger Fenton arrived in the Crimea in March 1855, aiming to take photographs of the setting and main participants of the war; these would then be sold commercially by Thomas Agnew and Sons. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were patrons of Fenton, and provided him with letters of introduction to Lord Raglan (Commander-in-Chief of the British Army) and other officers. During the winter of 1854-55 the allied troops were camped on the heights above Sebastopol. Fenton’s photograph of the encampment of the British Cavalry shows the open terrain, which offered little shelter from the elements.