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Artillery park on the shores of the Bosphorus with the Mosque of Kohhanna in the background, 1855 (c)

Photograph by James Robertson (1813-1888), Crimean War (1854-1856), 1855 (c).

James Robertson was a coin engraver who in 1841 took up the position of chief engraver to the Imperial Mint in Constantinople. In the early 1850s he opened a photographic studio with his brother-in-law, Felice Beato, and in 1853 an album of his photographic views of Constantinople was published in London. In this photograph he shows the Turkish capital geared up for war, with a row of artillery pieces set against the evocative backdrop of a mosque on the shores of the Bosphorus. Robertson would later visit the Crimea and take photographs of Sevastopol after its capture.

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NAM. 1966-05-55-1


National Army Museum, Out of Copyright


National Army Museum, Study collection

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