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Carol Szathmari (1812-87)

Turkish infantry soldiers 1854

Salted paper print | 27.2 x 21.0 cm (image) (image) | RCIN 2500619

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Photograph of four Turkish infantry soldiers. Two are standing and two are sitting on the ground. They are wearing military uniform with tassled caps and several are wearing rucksacks. To the left there are three bayonets arranged to stand upright in a tripod shape. There is a rucksack on the ground beside the bayonets. 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)

  • 27.2 x 21.0 cm (image) (image)

  • Turkish infantry, Crimean War

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Clothing
          • Costume
            • Uniforms
              • Military uniforms
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Military engineering
          • Arms (weapons)
            • Firearms
              • Guns
            • Bayonets
    • Social sciences
      • Military affairs
        • Wars, Campaigns & Battles
          • Wars
            • Wars of the nineteenth century
              • Crimean War (1853-1856)