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Roger Fenton (1819-69)

Maréchal Pélissier, Duke of Malakoff (1794-1864) Jun 1855

RCIN 2500327

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Fenton made several portraits of General Pélissier (1794–1864), on horseback and seated. Thomas Barker probably used this particular photograph to paint the general, who as the French Commander-in-Chief at the time of the final assault on Sevastopol in summer 1855, features prominently in his painting. Pélissier had taken command of the French army on 16 May 1855, replacing General François Canrobert. He brought with him the energy and determination required to bring the siege of Sevastopol to a conclusion.