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Sir John Tenniel (1820-1914)

The inauguration of the Scutari Monument and the Peace Trophy at the Crystal Palace, Sydenham, 9 May 1856 drawn 1856

Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour | 47.7 x 33.6 cm (whole object) | RCIN 916788

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The Scutari Monument, a 100ft (30m) obelisk in the British cemetery in Istanbul, commemorates the 22,000 British soldiers who lost their lives in the Crimean War. This watercolour shows the queen, the prince and Victoria’s cousin George, Duke of Cambridge (a commander in the war), presiding over a ceremony at Sydenham unveiling a full-sized model of the monument.