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Victoria and Albert collected works documenting political and military events

Attributed to Cundall & Howlett

Corporal Michael McMahon 1883 copy after 1856 original

Carbon print | 21.3 x 16.9 cm (image) | RCIN 2500191

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Photograph of Corporal Michael McMahon seated facing slightly right. He is wearing a military jacket and his left arm is in a sling. There is a folded letter in his right hand. A sheet is draped behind him and there is a bed with a tartan blanket to the right. This photograph, printed by Jabez Hughes in 1883, is a carbon print pasted over the original photograph.

Corporal Michael McMahon served with the 1st (the Royal) Regiment during the Crimean War. He was shot through the neck on 24th Aug 1855 which fractured his shoulder. He was one of the wounded veterans seen by Queen Victoria at Chatham Military Hospital. Following her visits to the hospital she commissioned a series of photographs of the veterans from the photographers Joseph Cundall and Robert Howlett. 
  • Creator(s)

    Attributed to Cundall & Howlett (photographer)

    Jabez Hughes (1819-84) (printer)

    Subject(s)
    Michael McMahon, Corporal (fl.1855)
    Army-GB-Infantry-1st (the Royal) Regiment (1822-1872)
  • 21.3 x 16.9 cm (image)

    29.5 x 23.1 cm (page dimensions)

  • Corporal Michael McMahon, 1st Royals, seen by Queen Victoria at Chatham, 28 November, 1855 [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
    • Social sciences
      • Military affairs
        • Wars, Campaigns & Battles
          • Wars
            • Wars of the nineteenth century
              • Crimean War (1853-1856)