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Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)

Boulogne and Aldershot 1855-60

Photograph album containing albumen prints | 41.0 x 36.5 x 5.0 cm (album) | RCIN 2500806

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Album containing 35 photographs (RCINs 2500807-2500841) showing the quarters of the French Army at Boulogne and those of the British Army at Aldershot.

Prince Albert took an active interest in all aspects of army organisation including the establishment of the first permanent army training camp in England at Aldershot. In September 1854 he visited the army camp in Boulogne. The juxtaposition in the album of the Boulogne camp photographs with those taken at the newly established camp at Aldershot, shows that the French camp was more picturesque than the British one. However, as Prince Albert looked at the trim wooden huts, with glass-paned windows and brick chimneys in Boulogne, he may have reflected that it was not the business of a modern working barracks to be picturesque.
  • Creator(s)

    Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68) (photographer)

    Attributed to Corporal Church, Royal Engineers (active 1850s) (photographer)

  • 41.0 x 36.5 x 5.0 cm (album)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. VR library bookplate inside upper cover.

  • Object type(s)
      • printed & manuscript material
        • books
          • book: half leather bound
            • book: half leather bound in morocco
              • book: half leather bound in brown morocco
          • book: all edges gilt
      • visual works
        • albums
          • photograph albums
    Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • France
          • Nord-Pas-de-Calais [France]
            • Boulogne-sur-Mer [France]
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Hampshire [England]
              • Aldershot [Hampshire]
                • Aldershot Camp

Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)

Colonel's Barrack, Boulogne

Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)

Men's Barracks, Boulogne

Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)

Captains' huts, Boulogne

Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)

Boulogne

Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)

Boulogne

Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)

Non-Commissioned Officers' huts, Boulogne

Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)

Engineers at work, Boulogne

Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)

Barracks, Boulogne

Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)

Camp at Boulogne

Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)

Passage between Men's Huts, Boulogne

Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)

Engineers' Works Camp, Boulogne

Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)

Parade Ground, Camp at Boulogne

Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)

Camp at Boulogne

Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)

Military Prisons, Boulogne

Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)

Boulogne

Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)

Camp at Boulogne

Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)

Camp at Boulogne

Attributed to Corporal Church, Royal Engineers (active 1850s)

New Barracks and General's Hut, Aldershot

Attributed to Corporal Church, Royal Engineers (active 1850s)

Kitchen, Aldershot

Attributed to Corporal Church, Royal Engineers (active 1850s)

Aldershot

Attributed to Corporal Church, Royal Engineers (active 1850s)

Barrack Masters' Huts, Aldershot

Attributed to Corporal Church, Royal Engineers (active 1850s)

Parade Ground, Aldershot

Attributed to Corporal Church, Royal Engineers (active 1850s)

Artillery encampment, Aldershot

Attributed to Corporal Church, Royal Engineers (active 1850s)

Stabling for Artillery Horses, Aldershot

Attributed to Corporal Church, Royal Engineers (active 1850s)

Stabling for Artillery Horses, Aldershot

Attributed to Corporal Church, Royal Engineers (active 1850s)

School Rooms, Aldershot

Attributed to Corporal Church, Royal Engineers (active 1850s)

Stabling, Aldershot

Attributed to Corporal Church, Royal Engineers (active 1850s)

Chapel and Men's Huts, Aldershot

Attributed to Corporal Church, Royal Engineers (active 1850s)

Armoury, Aldershot

Attributed to Corporal Church, Royal Engineers (active 1850s)

View from the South Camp, looking North, Aldershot

Attributed to Corporal Church, Royal Engineers (active 1850s)

Artillery Field Forge, Aldershot

Attributed to Corporal Church, Royal Engineers (active 1850s)

Building Stabling, Aldershot

Attributed to Corporal Church, Royal Engineers (active 1850s)

Gun on limber