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James Robertson (1813-88)

Fort Michael Apr 1856May 1856

Salted paper print | 22.5 x 26.5 cm (image) (image) | RCIN 2500758

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Photograph of Fort Michael at Sevastopol harbour. In the foreground there is a cannon with a wall beside it to the right. Fort Michael, a two storey stone building, can be seen across the water behind.

During the Crimean War the entrance to Sevastopol harbour was defended by a number of forts. Fort Michael was located on the northern side of the harbour.

Whilst the photograph is signed 'Robertson', it has been noted that the photographer Felice Beato was sent to the Crimea in April-May 1856 by his brother-in-law James Robertson, and is responsible for this and other Crimean photographs. (See L. Gartlan, 'James Robertson and Felice Beato in the Crimea: Recent Findings', in 'History of Photography', 29:1 (2005), p.5.)
  • Creator(s)

    James Robertson (1813-88) (photographer)

    Felice Beato (1832-1909) (photographer)

  • 22.5 x 26.5 cm (image) (image)

    31.8 x 37.2 cm (mount)

  • Fort Michel [Crimean War photographs by Robertson].

  • From the collection of Queen Victoria

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