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Roger Fenton's photographs of the Crimea, 1855

Roger Fenton (1819-69)

Guards Hill Church Parade Balaklava in the distance 1855

Salted paper print | 26.1 x 35.3 cm (image) | RCIN 2500530

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Photograph of Bell tents in the foreground with soldiers forming the Church Parade within a square formation on the right. In the centre background is Balaklava harbour with ships docked.

While staying at Osborne in 1855, Queen Victoria noted in her Journal for 8 August that she and Prince Albert had 'looked at some most interesting photos, taken by Mr. Fenton, in the Crimea - portraits and views, extremely well done.' The Prince of Wales, in his diary, also refers to having seen an exhibition of Fenton's Crimean photographs in Pall Mall on 21 February 1856 and again on 28 June.