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Cundall & Howlett

Colour Sergeant Absolom Durrant 1856

Salted paper print | 21.4 x 16.9 cm (image) | RCIN 2500204

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Photograph of Colour Sergeant Absolom Durrant seated facing partly left but with his head turned to the right. He is wearing military uniform with a medal and is holding a stick in his right hand.

Colour Sergeant Absolom Durrant served with the Coldstream 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)
    Durrant, Absolom, Colour Sergeant (fl.1855)
    Army-GB-Infantry-Coldstream Guards (1819-)
  • 21.4 x 16.9 cm (image)

    29.5 x 23.1 cm (page dimensions)

  • Colour Sergeant Absolom Durrant, Coldstream 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
    • 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)