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Record of historical events

Victoria and Albert collected photographs that documented the political and military events that defined a period of global expansion


Aide-de-camp staff


Salted paper print | 29.4 x 21.9 cm (image) (image) | RCIN 2500624

Photograph of three Turkish aide-de-camps with the ranks of major, colonel and captain. The three soldiers stand in a row with the major to the left, the colonel in the centre and the captain to the right. All are wearing military uniform, with slight variations to distinguish rank. There is an ornate border on the mount surrounding the photograph and the image has been altered in some areas. Szathmari was one of the first war photographers, and the first to photograph the Crimean War. In the spring of 1854 he travelled to the area around the Danube and photographed the Turkish and Russian soldiers engaged in the first skirmishes of the war. He exhibited the resulting photographs at the Paris World Exposition of 1855 and presented copies to Queen Victoria and Emperor Napoleon III.
  • Creator(s)

    Carol Szathmari (1812-87) (photographer)

  • 29.4 x 21.9 cm (image) (image)

    54.8 x 42.4 cm (page dimensions)

  • 'Aides-des-camps d'état-major - Major, Colonel, Capitaine' [Crimean War: Senior officers - Major, Colonel, Captain]

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria

  • Subject(s)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Clothing
          • Costume
            • Uniforms
              • Military uniforms
    • Social sciences
      • Military affairs
        • Wars, Campaigns & Battles
          • Wars
            • Wars of the nineteenth century
              • Crimean War (1853-1856)