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Documenting the war

The Crimean War was extensively documented by artists, photographers and writers. There was no restriction preventing soldiers who had served during the war from publishing accounts of their experiences. John Adye (whose portrait by Fenton is on the wall nearby) wrote a clear summary of his service during the war, including various criticisms of the management of the conflict. Adye also included a copy of a watercolour which he made whilst in the Crimea, depicting the cruel winter of 1854–5. One of the most substantial histories of the war is the eight-volume work by Alexander Kinglake. Three volumes are on display here, including the third volume which contains a fold-out lithograph of Sevastopol as viewed from the sea. Kinglake, unlike many during the war, was reluctant to criticise the organisation of the war and strategy of the senior commanders. His detailed account was largely supportive of Commander-in-Chief Lord Raglan, and it ends after his death on 28 June 1855, omitting the final months of the war.