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Cundall & Howlett

Sergeant Major Edwards 1856

Salted paper print | 22.0 x 17.4 cm (image) | RCIN 2500205

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Photograph of Sergeant Major Edwards standing with his arms folded and a cane tucked under his left arm. He is wearing dress uniform with three medals and has a sword by his side. He is holding a pair of gloves in his left hand.

Sergeant Major Edwards had acted as Drilling Sergeant to the Prince of Wales and Prince Alfred since 1852. After distinguished service in the Crimean War, which gained him the French Military Medal, he took part in the triumphant march of the Guards Regiments to Buckingham Palace on 9 July 1856, watched by the Queen and Royal Family. According to Queen Victoria's journal, 'Sergeant Edwards marched proudly at the head of the Regt., carrying a bouquet of roses.' He later became drilling sergeant to the younger royal children.
  • Creator(s)

    Cundall & Howlett (photographer)

    Subject(s)
    Sergeant-Major Edwards
    Army-GB-Infantry-Scots Fusilier Guards (1832-1877)
  • 22.0 x 17.4 cm (image)

    29.5 x 23.1 cm (page dimensions)

  • Sergeant Major Edwards (fl. 1855), Scots Fusilier Guards [Crimean War. Crimean Portraits 1854 to 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
              • Crimea Medal (1854-56)
    • Social sciences
      • Military affairs
        • Wars, Campaigns & Battles
          • Wars
            • Wars of the nineteenth century
              • Crimean War (1853-1856)