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Cundall & Howlett

Colour Sergeant William Gardner 1883 copy after 1856 original

Carbon print | 23.0 x 17.8 cm (image) | RCIN 2500215

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Photograph of Colour Sergeant William Gardner standing pointing a rifle to the right. He is wearing Scottish military uniform including a kilt, sporran and bearskin hat. There is a rucksack on his back. This photograph, printed by Jabez Hughes in 1883, is a carbon print pasted over the original photograph.

Colour Sergeant William Gardner served with the 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot during the Crimean War. Throughout the war Queen Victoria had taken an active interest in the welfare of the troops and on their return from the Crimea she met a number of the veterans at Buckingham Palace, Chatham Military Hospital and Aldershot Garrison. Following these meetings she commissioned a series of photographs of the veterans from the photographers Joseph Cundall and Robert Howlett. 
  • Creator(s)

    Cundall & Howlett (photographer)

    Jabez Hughes (1819-84) (printer)

    Subject(s)
    W Gardner (active 1858)
    Army-GB-Infantry-42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot (1760-1862)
  • 23.0 x 17.8 cm (image)

    29.5 x 23.1 cm (page dimensions)

  • Colour Sergeant William Gardner, 42nd Royal Highlanders, c. 1856 [in Crimean Portraits 1854 - 1856]

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Clothing
          • Costume
            • Uniforms
              • Military uniforms
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Military engineering
          • Arms (weapons)
            • Firearms
              • Rifles
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Plastic arts
        • Numismatics
          • Medals
            • Campaign medals
              • Crimea Medal (1854-56)
    • Social sciences
      • Military affairs
        • Wars, Campaigns & Battles
          • Wars
            • Wars of the nineteenth century
              • Crimean War (1853-1856)