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Cundall & Howlett

Sergeant Major James Beardsley 1883 copy after 1856 original

Carbon print | 23.0 x 17.4 cm (image) | RCIN 2500208

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Photograph of Sergeant Major James Beardsley standing with his left hand resting on his sword. He is wearing dress uniform with a medal and a fur hat. This photograph, printed by Jabez Hughes in 1883, is a carbon print pasted over the original photograph.

Sergeant Major James Beardsley served with the Royal Horse Artillery during the Crimean War. Throughout the war Queen Victoria had taken an active interest in the welfare of the troops and on their return from the Crimea she met a number of the veterans at Buckingham Palace, Chatham Military Hospital and Aldershot Garrison. Following these meetings she commissioned a series of photographs of the veterans from the photographers Joseph Cundall and Robert Howlett. 
  • Creator(s)

    Cundall & Howlett (photographer)

    Jabez Hughes (1819-84) (printer)

    Subject(s)
    Sergeant Major James Beardsley (active 1856)
    Army-GB-Artillery-Royal Horse Artillery
  • 23.0 x 17.4 cm (image)

    29.5 x 23.1 cm (page dimensions)

  • Sergeant Major James Beardsley, Royal Horse Artillery, c. 1856 [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
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Military engineering
          • Arms (weapons)
            • Side arms (weapons)
              • Swords
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Plastic arts
        • Numismatics
          • Medals
            • Campaign medals
              • Crimea Medal (1854-56)
    • Social sciences
      • Military affairs
        • Wars, Campaigns & Battles
          • Wars
            • Wars of the nineteenth century
              • Crimean War (1853-1856)