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Roger Fenton (1819-69)

Cook House, Group of 8th Hussars 1883 copy after 1855 original

Carbon print | 15.5 x 19.7 cm (image) | RCIN 2500223

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Photograph of soldiers from the 8th Hussars gathered around an open air cooking hut. A man stands at the centre of the group holding a large pan while the man sitting in front of him fills his bowl from it. The other soldiers stand, sit and lie around them. To the right a soldier is chopping wood and a Vivandière stands behind them with her left hand on her hip. Fenton's photographic van is just visible to the left. This photograph, printed by Jabez Hughes in 1883, is a carbon print pasted over the original photograph.

The 8th Hussars served in all of the major battles of the Crimean War including the Charge of the Light Brigade. Vivandières, also known as a Cantinières, were women who travelled with the French army as canteen workers.
  • Creator(s)

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    Roger Fenton (1819-69) (photographer)

    Jabez Hughes (1819-84) (printer)

    Subject(s)
    Army-GB-Cavalry-8th (King's Royal Irish) Hussars (1862-1920)
    Army-GB-Cavalry Regiments
  • 15.5 x 19.7 cm (image)

    29.5 x 23.1 cm (page dimensions)

  • 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
        • Travel Goods
          • Tents
    • People
      • Women
    • Social sciences
      • Military affairs
        • Wars, Campaigns & Battles
          • Wars
            • Wars of the nineteenth century
              • Crimean War (1853-1856)