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Thomas Pearce (active c. 1850s)

McHardy, Shepherd Oct 1857

RCIN 2082954

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Glass plate negative of a full length portrait of the shepherd McHardy. He stands facing a quarter to the right and looks ahead, away from the camera. He wears Highland dress, including glengarry. Photograph taken at an outdoor location at Balmoral.

A John McHardy (service no. 848) served in the 93rd Highlanders during the Crimean war. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, recommended by his commanding officer on 8 January 1855.

The glass plate negative has been photographed showing the coated side and therefore the image appears laterally reversed. A print from this negative exists in the Collection, RCIN 2906672.
  • Creator(s)

    Thomas Pearce (active c. 1850s) (photographer)

    Prince Albert, Prince Consort (1819-61)
    McHardy, shepherd (fl.1857)
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
          • negatives
            • glass plate negatives
    • Social sciences
      • Ethnology
        • Costume & National dress
          • Costume-Great Britain
            • Costume-Scotland
              • Scottish Highland Dress
      • Military affairs
        • Wars, Campaigns & Battles
          • Wars
            • Wars of the nineteenth century
              • Crimean War (1853-1856)