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The Art of Monarchy

A collaboration with BBC Radio 4 to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Cundall & Howlett

Private Jesse Lockhurst and Private Thomas O'Brien 1883 copy after 1856 original

RCIN 2500194

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On 16 April 1856, Queen Victoria visited Brompton Barracks in Chatham, Kent to see convalescent soldiers recovering from wounds received during the Crimean War. Although 400 soldiers were assembled to meet the Queen, the experiences of Lockhurst and O'Brien particularly impressed her. Lockhurst had received a shot in his right eye which destroyed its sight, as well as his upper jawbone. O'Brien had his left eye destroyed and his jawbone fractured. In the photograph both men hold the shot which caused their injuries and which they had given to the Queen to hold in her own hand. Queen Victoria was greatly moved by the fate of those injured fighting in the Crimea. Her acquisition of portraits of those wounded was an indication of her admiration and appreciation of what the soldiers did for their country.