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Victoria and Albert collected works documenting political and military events

Carol Szathmari (1812-87)

Turkish artillery 1854

Salted paper print | 18.7 x 26.7 cm (image) (image) | RCIN 2500616

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Photograph of Turkish artillery soldiers gathered around gun carriages, one piled with trunks. The soldiers are wearing traditional uniforms with sashes and some are mounted on horses. The ground is muddy and there is a long wooden hut behind. Szathmari was one of the first war photographers, and the first to photograph the Crimean War. In the spring of 1854 he travelled to the area around the Danube and photographed the Turkish and Russian soldiers engaged in the first skirmishes of the war. He exhibited the resulting photographs at the Paris World Exposition of 1855 and presented copies to Queen Victoria and Emperor Napoleon III.
  • Creator(s)

    Carol Szathmari (1812-87) (photographer)

  • 18.7 x 26.7 cm (image) (image)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Military engineering
          • Arms (weapons)
            • Artillery
            • Gun Carriages
            • Firearms
              • Guns
      • Agriculture and related techniques
        • Animal husbandry
          • Horses
    • Social sciences
      • Military affairs
        • Wars, Campaigns & Battles
          • Wars
            • Wars of the nineteenth century
              • Crimean War (1853-1856)