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After Ary Scheffer (1795-1858)

'Défense de Missolonghi' 1860

Albumen print? | RCIN 2865015

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Photograph of a work Ary Scheffer, the prime version of which was created around 1827. The subject-matter relates to the third Ottoman siege of Missolonghi in 1825, an episode of the Greek War of Independence. A group of Greek men, women and children are visible either standing or sitting in an outdoor space. Some are depicted as heroic figures and others as crushes victims.

Scheffer (and his studio) continued throughout his life to produce new works of old compositions on demand. His paintings were also widely reproduced as etchings.

  • Creator(s)

    After Ary Scheffer (1795-1858) (artist)

    Robert Jefferson Bingham (1825-70) (photographer)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Greece
          • Messolonghi [Greece]
    • Social sciences
      • Military affairs
        • Wars, Campaigns & Battles
          • Wars
            • Wars of the nineteenth century
              • Greek War of Independence (1821-1827)
          • War operations
            • Sieges