FENTON, ROGER (1819-1869) Two salt prints of Crimean War scenes
, including Cooking House of the 8th Hussars and Zouaves, both 1855, printed 1856. The first 6 x 8 inches (152 x 203 mm), the second 6 1/4 x 6 inches (159 x 155 mm); on the original large recessed card mounts with printed titling etc. by T. Agnew. Foxing to mounts, especially to the second image, the images generally in good condition.
Fenton was in Crimea in March through June of 1855, with an assistant, a servant, and a horse-drawn retrofitted wine merchant's van for photographic equipment and to serve as a darkroom. Though he was not able to capture the carnage, his scenes are the first photographic reportage from a battlefield. Compositionally, Cooking House, 8th Hussars is an exceptionally powerful image, showing tired soldiers eating their rations, and is of additional interest for the fact that Fenton's van is just visible at the left of the image.
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