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Cundall & Howlett

Corporal Robert Swash 1883 copy after 1856 original

Carbon print | 23.2 x 16.4 cm (image) | RCIN 2500196

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Photograph of Corporal Robert Swash standing facing forwards holding a sword upright in his right hand. He is wearing cavalry uniform with two medals and a metal helmet with a plume. This photograph, printed by Jabez Hughes in 1883, is a carbon print pasted over the original photograph.

Corporal Robert Swash served with the 1st (Royal) Dragoons during the Crimean War. He was one of the men seen by Queen Victoria at Aldershot Garrison in 1856. Throughout the war she 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)

    Swash, Robert, Corporal, Rough Rider (fl.1855)
    Army-GB-Cavalry-1st (Royal) Dragoons (1846-1920)
    Army-GB-Cavalry Regiments
  • 23.2 x 16.4 cm (image)

    29.5 x 23.1 cm (page dimensions)

  • Rough Rider Corporal Robert Swash, 1st Royal Dragoons, seen by Queen Victoria at Aldershot, 1856 [in Crimean Portraits 1854 - 1856]

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
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      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Hampshire [England]
              • Aldershot [Hampshire]
                • Aldershot Camp
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              • Swords
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            • Campaign medals
              • Crimea Medal (1854-56)
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          • Wars
            • Wars of the nineteenth century
              • Crimean War (1853-1856)