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Victoria and Albert collected works documenting political and military events

James Robertson (1813-88)

Headquarters 1855-1856

Salted paper print | 22.4 x 29.0 cm (image) (image) | RCIN 2500718

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Photograph of the British Headquarters during the Crimean War. The building is a whitewashed bungalow with a tiled roof. Several soldiers and horses stand outside the building. A man, possibly the photographer Roger Fenton, stands beside a tripod to the left. A camp can be seen on the hillside behind the house.

In October 1854 Lord Raglan, the commander of the British troops in the Crimea, established his home and headquarters in this well positioned farmhouse near Sevastopol. Another copy of this photograph, originally owned by the war correspondent W H Russell, is listed in a 1939 sales catalogue as showing Lord Raglan's headquarters, 'with the other photographer, R Fenton, in the foreground' (History of Photography, vol.14, no.1, January-March 1990, p.26).
  • Creator(s)

    James Robertson (1813-88) (photographer)

    Fitzroy James Henry Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan (1788-1855)
    Roger Fenton (1819-69)
  • 22.4 x 29.0 cm (image) (image)

    31.7 x 37.7 cm (mount)

  • Head Quarters. [Crimean War photographs by Robertson].

  • From the collection of Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Ukraine
          • Crimea
            • Sevastopol [Crimea]
    • Social sciences
      • Military affairs
        • Wars, Campaigns & Battles
          • Wars
            • Wars of the nineteenth century
              • Crimean War (1853-1856)
                • Crimean campaign (Crimean War)
                  • Siege of Sevastopol, 1854-55 (Crimean War)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Travel Goods
          • Tents
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Domestic architecture
          • Huts