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Victoria and Albert collected photographs that documented the political and military events that defined a period of global expansion


Mantlets in the Barracks Battery


Salted paper print | 24.2 x 29.3 cm (image) (image) | RCIN 2500706

Photograph of the mantlets in the barracks battery after the Siege of Sevastopol. The photograph shows the stone wall of the battery, with a rope mantlet hanging on either side of a small stone storage area. In front of each mantlet is a cannon, the one to the left with circles of rope around its neck. Stones, cannonballs, rope and a stool litter the ground behind. A mantlet is a large and portable shield used to protect fortifications from incoming ammunition. After the French captured the Malakoff redoubt, forcing the Russians to abandon the city, the allied forces entered Sevastopol and occupied the remaining fortifications.
  • Creator(s)

    James Robertson (1813-88) (photographer)

  • 24.2 x 29.3 cm (image) (image)

  • Mantlets in Barracks Battery. [Crimean War photographs by Robertson].

  • From the collection of Queen Victoria

  • Subject(s)
    • 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)
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Secular architecture
          • Military architecture
            • Forts
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Military engineering
          • Fortifications
            • Batteries (artillery)
          • Arms (weapons)
            • Cannons (weapons)
            • Ammunition
              • Cannon-balls