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James Robertson (1813-88)

Sevastopol from the hut of the Russian General 1855-1856

Salted paper print | 22.5 x 30.4 cm (image) (image) | RCIN 2500685

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Photograph of Sevastopol taken from the former hut of a Russian General. In the foreground there are a number of ruined buildings surrounded by rubble. The buildings of Sevastopol can be seen across the harbour, with Fort St Nicholas to the far right. There is a temporary bridge across the breadth of the harbour. The Siege of Sevastopol lasted eleven months, with the allied British, French and Turkish forces eventually capturing the city on the 8th September 1855. The city was badly damaged during the siege, and many of the buildings were left in ruins. In order to prevent the restoration of Sevastopol as a Russian stronghold the allied forces destroyed the docks and a number of strategically important buildings in early 1856.
  • Creator(s)

    James Robertson (1813-88) (photographer)

  • 22.5 x 30.4 cm (image) (image)

    31.6 x 37.1 cm (mount)

  • Sebastopol, from the hut of Russian general. [Crimean War photographs by Robertson].

  • From the collection of Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Social sciences
      • Military affairs
        • Wars, Campaigns & Battles
          • Wars
            • Wars of the nineteenth century
              • Crimean War (1853-1856)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Ukraine
          • Crimea
            • Sevastopol [Crimea]
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          • Atlantic Ocean
            • Black Sea
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          • Neo-Classical architecture
        • Ecclesiastical & religious architecture
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