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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

JAMES ROBERTSON (1813-88)

Trenches before the Malakoff

1855

Salted paper print | 19.4 x 25.5 cm (image) (image) | RCIN 2500693

Photograph of the trenches in front of the Malakoff redoubt. The photograph looks down from a raised vantage point and shows a series of trenches, their walls reinforced with wicker fencing and sandbags. The French, led by Maréchal Pélissier, captured the Malakoff redoubt on the 8th September 1855. It had been one of the key Russian defences during the Siege of Sevastopol and its fall effectively ended the siege. The Russians abandoned the city that evening.
  • Creator(s)

    James Robertson (1813-88) (photographer)

  • 19.4 x 25.5 cm (image) (image)

    31.7 x 37.7 cm (mount)

  • Trenches before the Malakoff. [Crimean War photographs by Robertson].

  • From the collection of Queen Victoria

  • Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Ukraine
          • Crimea
            • Sevastopol [Crimea]
              • Malakoff redoubt [Sevastopol]
    • Social sciences
      • Military affairs
        • Wars, Campaigns & Battles
          • Wars
            • Wars of the nineteenth century
              • Crimean War (1853-1856)
                • Crimean campaign (Crimean War)
                  • Siege of Sevastopol, 1854-55 (Crimean War)
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Secular architecture
          • Military architecture
            • Forts
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Civil engineering
          • Earthworks
            • Trenches