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Carol Szathmari (1812-87)

Omar Pacha with his aide-de-camps 1854

Salted paper print | 21.3 x 28.4 cm (image) (image) | RCIN 2500622

Photograph of Omar Pacha (1806-1871) standing with his aide-de-camps. Omar Pacha stands at the centre of the group wearing a light coloured jacket and holding a sword in his left hand. There are eight men gathered around him, all wearing military uniform. There is an ornate border on the mount surrounding the photograph and the image has been altered with ink in some areas. Szathmari was one of the first war photographers, and the first to photograph the Crimean War. In the spring of 1854 he travelled to the area around the Danube and photographed the soldiers engaged in the first skirmishes of the war including Omar Pacha, the commander of the Turkish forces. He exhibited the resulting photographs at the Paris World Exposition of 1855 and presented copies to Queen Victoria and Emperor Napoleon III.
  • Creator(s)

    Carol Szathmari (1812-87) (photographer)

    Omar Pacha (1806-71)
    Army Officers
  • 21.3 x 28.4 cm (image) (image)

    54.8 x 42.4 cm (page dimensions)

  • 'Omer Pacha avec ses aides-des-camps' [Crimean War: Omar Pasha with his officers] [in Russian and Turkish Crimea Photographs, 1854-5]

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Clothing
          • Costume
            • Uniforms
              • Military uniforms
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Military engineering
          • Arms (weapons)
            • Side arms (weapons)
              • Swords
    • Social sciences
      • Military affairs
        • Wars, Campaigns & Battles
          • Wars
            • Wars of the nineteenth century
              • Crimean War (1853-1856)