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Roger Fenton (1819-69)

A Zouave 1855

Salted paper print | 18.2 x 14.1 cm (image) | RCIN 2500562

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Photograph of Roger Fenton (1819-1869) dressed in traditional Zouave costume. He is leaning against a table which is covered by an animal fur, with his right leg raised off the ground. He is facing partly right and is holding a rifle with both hands. He is wearing loose trousers, a cape and a hat and has a cigar in his mouth. There is a bottle and a tankard on the table beside him to the left and a plain cloth backdrop draped behind. The photograph was arranged by Fenton but photographed by his assistant Marcus Sparling. This is one of a small series of photographs of Roger Fenton dressed as a Zouave soldier. Zouave regiments from Algeria served with the French army during the Crimean War, and had a distinctive North African uniform. Fenton photographed Zouaves on a number of occasions during his time in the Crimea, as well as posing for this series of self-portraits.
  • Creator(s)

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    Roger Fenton (1819-69) (photographer)

    Attributed to Marcus Sparling (photographer)

    Roger Fenton (1819-69)
  • 18.2 x 14.1 cm (image)

    56.9 x 44.3 cm (whole object)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Clothing
          • Costume
            • Uniforms
              • Military uniforms
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Military engineering
          • Arms (weapons)
            • Firearms
              • Guns
      • Home economics
        • Tableware
          • Tankards
    • Social sciences
      • Military affairs
        • Wars, Campaigns & Battles
          • Wars
            • Wars of the nineteenth century
              • Crimean War (1853-1856)