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Victoria and Albert collected works documenting political and military events

Gustave Le Gray (1820-84)

La Messe (Camp de Chalons) 1857

Albumen print | 29.6 x 37.0 cm (image) | RCIN 2934243

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Photograph showing a religious ceremony. There are lines of troops in the background. In the middle-ground is an altar, on which stands a crucifix and candles. In front of the altar, at the centre of the photograph, is a group of women seated on chairs, accompanied by army generals. Groups of people stand in the foreground, observing the ceremony. In the distant background are a large number of tents.
  • Creator(s)

    Gustave Le Gray (1820-84) (photographer)

  • annotation: La Messe, (Camp de Chalons.) 1857. [beneath work]
  • 29.6 x 37.0 cm (image)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Places
      • Europe
        • France
          • Franche Comté [France]
            • Chalon-sur-Saône [France]
    • Social sciences
      • Ethnology
        • Costume & National dress
          • Costume-North Africa
        • Public life
          • Ceremonies