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James Robertson (1813-88)

Barrack Hospital, Scutari 1855-1856

Salted paper print | 21.8 x 32.7 cm (image) (image) | RCIN 2500795

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Photograph of the Barrack Hospital at Scutari, Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul). In the foreground there is a long wooden hut with a tiled roof. Behind is the barrack style hospital, with a seven storey tower at each corner. On the terrace in front of the hospital to the left there is a line of gun carriages.

The Selimiye Barracks were used by the British as a military hospital during the Crimean War, with casualties transported by ship across the Black Sea. Florence Nightingale, the pioneering nurse, lived in a tower of the barracks whilst working in the hospital.

  • Creator(s)

    James Robertson (1813-88) (photographer)

  • 21.8 x 32.7 cm (image) (image)

    31.8 x 37.4 cm (mount)

  • Barrack Hospital, Scutari. [Crimean War photographs by Robertson].

  • From the collection of Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Social sciences
      • Military affairs
        • Wars, Campaigns & Battles
          • Wars
            • Wars of the nineteenth century
              • Crimean War (1853-1856)
    • Places
      • Asia
        • Turkey
          • Istanbul [Turkey]
            • Usk├╝dar [Istanbul]
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Secular architecture
          • Hospitals
          • Pavilions