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


The Shears


Salted paper print | 22.9 x 28.9 cm (image) (image) | RCIN 2500721

Photograph of the shears in the docks at Sevastopol before they were destroyed by the allied forces. The tall mechanism is by the edge of the water with a building behind. The surrounding docks are littered with rubble, small boats and equipment. A large military barracks and other buildings can be seen across 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. In order to prevent the restoration of Sevastopol as a Russian stronghold the British destroyed the docks in January 1856.
  • Creator(s)

    James Robertson (1813-88) (photographer)

  • 22.9 x 28.9 cm (image) (image)

    31.7 x 37.6 cm (mount)

  • The Shears. [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]
      • Black Sea
    • Geography
      • Physiography
        • Oceans
    Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs