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Wounded soldiers seen by Queen Victoria at Brompton Barracks, Chatham 1855-6

Salted paper print | 15.0 x 20.5 cm (image) | RCIN 2500160

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Photograph of a large group of wounded Crimean War veterans gathered outside Brompton Barracks at Chatham Military Hospital. There are around a hundred men, with the front row seated and those behind standing. They are wearing hospital clothing and most of the seated men are holding crutches. The barracks behind is a brick building with two columns and a balustrade above.

In 1855, when the first batch of wounded men returned from the Crimean War, Queen Victoria invited a small group of veterans to Buckingham Palace. The sight of these 'mutilated' men so affected her that the speech of welcome she had prepared 'all stuck in my throat' and she had to excuse herself from it for fear of breaking down. Though such encounters were distressing, the Queen met as many of the wounded as possible and showed a personal interest in their recovery. Her frequent visits with Prince Albert to the military hospital at Chatham were immediately followed up by detailed reports from the medical staff on the health of the men they had seen and photographers were commissioned to take portraits of individuals or groups that had been of particular interest.
  • Creator(s)

    Unknown Person (photographer)

  • 15.0 x 20.5 cm (image)

    29.5 x 23.1 cm (page dimensions)

  • Group of wounded soldiers seen by Queen Victoria at Bromptom Barracks, Chatham, c.1855 [in Crimean Portraits, 1854 - 1856]

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria

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    • Places
      • Europe
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                • Brompton Barracks [Chatham]
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          • Wars
            • Wars of the nineteenth century
              • Crimean War (1853-1856)