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Gustave Le Gray (1820-84)

The French Fleet at Cherbourg, 5 August 1858 1858

Albumen print laid down on card | 30.9 x 41 cm (image) | RCIN 2934239

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Photograph of a seascape at Cherbourg with seven ships of the French Fleet, accompanied by smaller vessels. Taken during Queen Victoria's State Visit to France, 1858.

Upon arrival at Cherbourg on 4 August 1858, the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert anchored in the middle of the French fleet. On the morning of 5 August, salutes were fired by the French before the royal couple went ashore to be received by Emperor Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie.

Photographer’s credit on the print in red, in lower right corner, reads: Gustave Le Gray

Text adapted from Victoria & Albert: Art & Love, London, 2010.
  • Creator(s)

    Gustave Le Gray (1820-84) (photographer)

  • annotation: [pencil] English fleet Cherbourg. August 5. 1858/
    [ink] English Fleet, Cherbourg, August 5, 1858. [beneath print, on mount]
  • 30.9 x 41 cm (image)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1858

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Places
      • Europe
        • France
          • Basse-Normandie [France]
            • Cherbourg [France]
    • Social sciences
      • Military affairs
        • Naval formations & units
          • Squadron sections. Individual fleets (Navy)