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Cundall & Howlett

Colour Sergeant William McGregor 1856

Salted paper print | 22.4 x 16.1 cm (image) | RCIN 2500206

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Photograph of Colour Sergeant William McGregor standing with his head turned slightly to the right. He is wearing military uniform with a medal and a bearskin hat. He is wearing a rucksack and is holding a rifle. 

Colour Sergeant William McGregor served with the Scots Fusilier Guards 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)

    Subject(s)
    Army-GB-Infantry-Scots Fusilier Guards (1832-1877)
    McGregor, William (fl.1856)
  • 22.4 x 16.1 cm (image)

    29.5 x 23.1 cm (page dimensions)

  • Colour Sergeant William McGregor, Scots Fusilier Guards, 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)