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Roger Fenton (1819-69)

Sevastopol from the Redoubt des Anglais 1855

RCIN 2500482

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The city of Sevastopol is just visible in this photograph. Fenton photographed a handful of views towards the end of April 1855, describing the occasion in a letter home. ‘The views here were not very good pictures as nobody being in front I could make no foregrounds & the town is so far off that in itself it is no picture’. Even so, this photograph and the other displayed adjacently, were exhibited in Britain in 1855 and made part of the published series of photographs. They provide an insight into the perspective of the British troops, many of whom would have witnessed these same views.