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Wounded Crimean War Veterans at Chatham Military Hospital 1855-6

Salted paper print | 14.7 x 20.5 cm (image) | RCIN 2500158

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Photograph of a large group of wounded Crimean War veterans gathered on a lawn at Chatham Military Hospital. There are around fifty men, some standing and others seated or lying on the grass. They are wearing hospital clothing and many are holding a wooden crutch. There is a thatched shelter beside them to the left and trees beyond.

Throughout the war Queen Victoria had taken an active interest in the welfare of the troops and on their return to Britain she met a number of the wounded veterans at Buckingham Palace and at Chatham Military Hospital. Following her visits to the hospital she commissioned a series of photographs of the veterans.
  • Creator(s)

    Unknown Person (photographer)

  • 14.7 x 20.5 cm (image)

    29.5 x 23.1 cm (page dimensions)

  • Fairly large group of wounded soldiers seen by Queen Victoria at Chatham, c.1855 [in Crimean Portraits, 1854 - 1856]

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria

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