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James Mack (1827-64)

Sailors gathered on the deck of HMS St Jean d'Acre to sing to Lord Granville and his suite Sep 1856

Albumen print | 21.1 x 27.4 cm (image) | RCIN 2945156

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The Coronation of Alexander II, planned for September 1856, was regarded as a diplomatic event of critical importance due to the recent conclusion of the Crimean War. A special diplomatic mission representing Queen Victoria was therefore sent to attend the ceremony. Led by Lord Granville, the party also included a photographer, Corporal Mack of the Royal Engineers, chosen to document the visit. This is one of the nineteen photographs that Mack personally presented to Queen Victoria on their return. The Queen described him as 'a remarkably intelligent, well educated young man'.

  • Creator(s)

    James Mack (1827-64) (photographer)

    St Jean d'Acre (HMS)
    Granville George Leveson-Gower, 2nd Earl of Granville (1815-91)
  • 21.1 x 27.4 cm (image)

  • Presented to Queen Victoria by the photographer on behalf of Lord Panmure (later known as Lord Dalhousie) on 11 November 1856.

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Music
        • Vocal music
          • Singing
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Russia