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Cundall & Howlett

Four Soldiers from the 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot  1883 copy after 1856 original

Carbon print | 23.2 x 18.8 cm (image) | RCIN 2500218

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Photograph of a group of four soldiers from the 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot who served in the Crimean War. Sitting from left to right are Piper David Muir, George Glen, Donald McKenzie and Colour Sergeant William Gardiner. There is a wooden table in front of them and several of the men are holding glasses. All are wearing Scottish military uniform and fur hats aside from Glen, whose hat is under the table. Muir and McKenzie are smoking pipes. This photograph, printed by Jabez Hughes in 1883, is a carbon print pasted over the original photograph.

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)

    Jabez Hughes (1819-84) (printer)

    David Muir, Piper (fl.1856)
    George Glen
    Donald McKenzie (fl.1856)
    Colour Sergeant William Gardiner (active 1856)
    Army-GB-Infantry-42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot (1760-1862)
  • 23.2 x 18.8 cm (image)

    29.5 x 23.1 cm (page dimensions)

  • Pipers David Muir, George Glen, Donald McKenzie and Colour Sergeant William Gardiner, 42nd Royal Highlanders, c. 1856 [in Crimean Portraits 1854 - 1856]

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria

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            • Wars of the nineteenth century
              • Crimean War (1853-1856)