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Record of historical events

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


Sailors' Battery


Salted paper print | 21.2 x 24.4 cm (image) (image) | RCIN 2500714

Photograph of the sailor's battery in front of Sevastopol. To the left is a thick earth wall reinforced with wicker fencing and sandbags. There are two cannons with a pile of cannonballs on the ground between them. A large group of sailors are gathered behind the wall, two sitting on the ground with their legs crossed. The Siege of Sevastopol lasted eleven months, with the allied British, French and Turkish forces eventually capturing the city on the 8th September 1855.
  • Creator(s)

    James Robertson (1813-88) (photographer)


    Army-GB-Infantry-34th (Cumberland) Regiment of Foot (1783-1881)
    Army-GB-Artillery Regiments
  • 21.2 x 24.4 cm (image) (image)

    31.5 x 37.3 cm (mount)

  • Sailors' 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
        • Military architecture
          • Forts
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Military engineering
          • Fortifications
            • Batteries (artillery)
          • Arms (weapons)
            • Cannons (weapons)
    Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs