Image: 27.9 x 36.4 cm (11 x 14 5/16 in.)
Mount: 43.5 x 58.9 cm (17 1/8 x 23 3/16 in.)
Gilman Collection, Purchase, Alfred Stieglitz Society Gifts, 2005
Not on view
Commissioned by the Manchester publisher Thomas Agnew to document the Crimean War, Fenton departed for the Black Sea port of Balaklava on February 20, 1855, with two assistants, a letter of introduction from Prince Albert, five cameras, seven hundred glass plates, a wine merchant's van refitted as a traveling darkroom, and thirty-six large chests of provisions.
His extensive documentation of the war-the first use of photography for that purpose-focused on the port, camps, and officers of the British and French armies, along with more picturesque subjects such as Zouaves, Turks, and Croats. It did not include photographs of the fighting itself, which was beyond the technical grasp of the medium. Nor did it depict the wounded and the dead, which would have offended both taste and the political beliefs of Fenton's hoped-for clientele. Fenton departed the Crimea in late June with more than 350 negatives, prints of which he presented to Queen Victoria in August and exhibited in London in early September, just as news arrived of the Russians' retreat and the allies' victory.
Inscription: Printed on mount, recto BL: "Depose"; BR: "Landing Place, Railway Stores, Balaklava.; BC: "Photographed by R. Fenton. Manchester. Published by T. Agnew & Sons. March 25th, 1856. // London. P. & D. Colnaghi & Co. Paris. Moulin, 23. Rue Richer. New York. Williams & Co."; oval blindstamp on mount, recto BC: "T. AGNEW & SONS // publishers // MANCHESTER"
[The Weston Gallery, Carmel, CA]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, October 17, 1978
Hayward Gallery. "Roger Fenton, Photographer of the 1850s," February 4, 1988–April 17, 1988.
City Museum and Art Gallery. "Roger Fenton, Photographer of the 1850s," April 23, 1988–May 29, 1988.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Waking Dream: Photography's First Century, Selections from the Gilman Paper Company Collection," May 25, 1993–July 4, 1993.
Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland. "The Waking Dream: Photography's First Century, Selections from the Gilman Paper Company Collection," August 7, 1993–October 2, 1993.
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "The Waking Dream: Photography's First Century, Selections from the Gilman Paper Company Collection," June 19, 1994–September 11, 1994.
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "All the Mighty World," October 17, 2004–January 2, 2005.
J. Paul Getty Museum. "All the Mighty World," February 1, 2005–April 25, 2005.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "All the Mighty World," May 24, 2005–August 29, 2005.
Tate Britain. "All the Mighty World," September 25, 2005–January 2, 2006.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Framing a Century: Master Photographers, 1840–1940," June 3, 2008–September 1, 2008.
Apraxine, Pierre. Photographs from the Collection of the Gilman Paper Company. Reeds Springs, Mo.: White Oak Press, 1985. pl. 57.
Hambourg, Maria Morris, Pierre Apraxine, Malcolm Daniel, Virginia Heckert, and Jeff L. Rosenheim. The Waking Dream: Photography's First Century, Selections from the Gilman Paper Company Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. p. 302.
Baldwin, Gordon, Malcolm Daniel, and Sarah Greenough. All the Mighty World: The Photographs of Roger Fenton, 1852–1860. New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2004. pl. 15.