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Cundall & Howlett

Three Soldiers of the Coldstream Guards 1856

Salted paper print | 23.4 x 18.7 cm (image) | RCIN 2500203

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Photograph of three soldiers from the Coldstream Guards who served in the Crimean War. From left to right are Joseph Numa, John Potter and James Deal. Potter is sitting on a wooden table wearing a bearskin hat and with a rucksack on his knee. Numa and Deal are both resting one leg on the table and are each holding a rifle. All three are wearing the uniform of their regiment with a medal.

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)

    Subject(s)
    John Potter
    James Deal (active 1854)
    Joseph Numa
    Army-GB-Infantry-Coldstream Guards (1819-)
  • 23.4 x 18.7 cm (image)

  • Joseph Numa, John Potter and James Deal, Coldstream Guards, 1856

  • Acquired by 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)