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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

FELICE BEATO (1832-1909)

The Docks after the Explosion


Salted paper print | 23.7 x 28.7 cm (image) (image) | RCIN 2500683

Photograph of the dry docks in Sevastopol after they were destroyed by the allied forces. The photograph shows piles of rubble with the harbour behind. In the middle of the rubble a tall mast still stands. One ship can be seen in the water to the left, slightly blurred through movement. The Siege of Sevastopol lasted eleven months, with the allied British, French and Turkish forces eventually capturing the city on the 8th September 1855. In order to prevent the restoration of Sevastopol as a Russian stronghold the British destroyed the dry docks in January 1856.
  • Creator(s)

    Felice Beato (1832-1909) (photographer)

    James Robertson (1813-88) (photographer)

  • 23.7 x 28.7 cm (image) (image)

    31.6 x 37.5 cm (mount)

  • The Docks after the explosion. [Crimean War photographs by Robertson].

  • From the collection of Queen Victoria

  • 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]
      • Physiography
        • Oceans
          • Atlantic Ocean
            • Black Sea
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Secular architecture
          • Military architecture
            • Forts
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Waterway engineering
          • Harbours