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James Robertson (1813-88)

General view of Balaklava 1855-1856

Salted paper print | 25.3 x 29.3 cm (image) (image) | RCIN 2500728

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Photograph of Balaklava. In the foreground there is a group of tents and a soldier standing in front of a corrugated metal hut. Directly behind there are thirteen wooden huts in three rows. Beyond is the harbour with the buildings of the town across the water and a camp on the bank to the left. There is a large number of ships in the harbour and the old Genose Castle can be seen on hillside behind. The town of Balaklava was used as a base by the British during the Crimean War. Supplies arrived by ship into the small harbour and were transported by rail to troops engaged in the Siege of Sevastopol.
  • Creator(s)

    James Robertson (1813-88) (photographer)

  • 25.3 x 29.3 cm (image) (image)

    31.6 x 37.0 cm (mount)

  • General view of Balaclava. [Crimean War photographs by Robertson].

  • From the collection of Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Social sciences
      • Military affairs
        • Wars, Campaigns & Battles
          • Wars
            • Wars of the nineteenth century
              • Crimean War (1853-1856)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Ukraine
          • Crimea
            • Sevastopol [Crimea]
              • Balaklava [Sevastopol]
      • Physiography
        • Oceans
          • Atlantic Ocean
            • Black Sea
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Waterway engineering
          • Harbours
        • Vessels (marine)
          • Ships
            • Sailing ships
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Travel Goods
          • Tents
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Domestic architecture
          • Huts