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Albums compiled by Prince Albert, reflecting his beliefs surrounding photography

After Roger Fenton (1819-69)

'The Fleet at anchor' 11 - 11 Mar 1854

Carbon print | 12.6 x 22.5 cm (image) | RCIN 2906005

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Photograph of a fleet of naval ships anchored at Spithead, with Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth in the foreground. A group of figures watch the fleet, standing and seated on the esplanade. There is a obelisk located on the far left side of the photograph.

The obelisk was constructed in 1782. Previously, a gibbet, a tool used in public execution, was located on the spot of the obelisk. The gibbet had held the body of John Felton (1595-1629) who assassinated George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham (1592-1628) in 1628. The gibbet had been used as a marker to show the boundary between Portsmouth and Southsea. When the gibbet fell down, the obelisk was constructed as a new marker.
  • Creator(s)

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    After Roger Fenton (1819-69) (photographer)

    Gustav William Henry Mullins (1854-1921) (photographer)

  • 12.6 x 22.5 cm (image)

  • From an album of photographs collected and arranged by Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Social sciences
      • Military affairs
        • Naval formations & units
          • Squadron sections. Individual fleets (Navy)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Vessels (marine)
          • Ships
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • The Solent [England]
              • Spithead [Solent]
            • Hampshire [England]
              • Portsmouth [Hampshire]
                • Southsea [Hampshire]