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John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Private John Penn 1855-6

Salted paper print, enhanced with ink | 22.1 x 17.9 cm (image) | RCIN 2500180

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Photograph of Private John Penn standing with his right foot raised and his left hand resting on his hip. He is wearing military uniform and five medals including the Crimean Medal. Elements of his uniform are highlighted in ink and battlements have been painted around him.

Private John Penn served with the 17th Light Dragoon (Lancers). The letter that accompanies this photograph outlines his career, including his service in Afghanistan, India and in the Crimea, where he received eleven honours including recognition for his performance during the Charge of the Light Brigade. Queen Victoria met Private Penn at Chatham Military Hospital on 28th Nov 1855, where he was recovering from a head injury. He had been sent initially to Scutari Hospital in November 1854, before returning to England. Having previously served in India before the Crimea, he was discharged from the army on 19 May 1863.
  • Creator(s)

    John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901) (photographer)

    Subject(s)
    John Penn, Private (fl.1855)
    Army-GB-Cavalry-17th Light Dragoon (Lancers) (1824-1862)
    Army-GB-Cavalry Regiments
  • 22.1 x 17.9 cm (image)

    29.5 x 23.1 cm (page dimensions)

  • Private John Penn,17th Lancers, with eleven honours fron the Crimea. From a photograph by Mayall, Chatham, 28 Novemmber 1855 [in Crimean Portraits, 1854 - 1856]

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Clothing
          • Costume
            • Uniforms
              • Military uniforms
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Plastic arts
        • Numismatics
          • Medals
            • Campaign medals
    • Social sciences
      • Military affairs
        • Wars, Campaigns & Battles
          • Wars
            • Wars of the nineteenth century
              • Crimean War (1853-1856)