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Roger Fenton (1819-69)

Vivandière 5 May 1855

RCIN 2500338

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This striking portrait was taken at the same time as the earlier group photograph with the ‘wounded soldier’. The vivandières usually dressed in a feminised version of the uniform of the regiment to which they were attached. There were women attached to the British regiments, known as sutlers, who helped with food, drink and domestic duties. They appear in other photographs displayed nearby in this exhibition.