Image: 26 x 35.1 cm (10 1/4 x 13 13/16 in.)
Mount: 43.2 x 59.4 cm (17 x 23 3/8 in.)
Gilman Collection, Purchase, Joseph M. Cohen Gift, 2005
Not on view
The Crimean War (1853-56) pitted European nations against an expansionist Russia and was the first large-scale conflict documented by photography. In 1855 a Manchester publisher commissioned Fenton to travel to the Crimea to record the theater of war in photographs to be sold by subscription. The images were intended to reassure the British at home, alarmed by reports of a harsh winter, squalid conditions, outbreaks of cholera, and inadequacies in leadership, that their troops were not suffering undue hardship. This view of Balaklava, the narrow harbor used as a landing place by the British, shows the chaotic disruption that modern warfare imposed on a formerly placid fishing village.
Inscription: Printed on mount recto, BL: "Deposé"; BC: "Photographed by R. Fenton. Manchester, Published by T. Agnew & Sons, Febry. 29th 1856. // London, P. & D. Colnaghi & Co Paris, Moulin, 23, Rue Richer. New York, Williams & Co."; BR: "Landing Place, Ordnance Wharf, Balaklava"; Blindstamp on mount recto, BC (below printed text): "T. AGNEW & SONS // PUBLISHER // MANCHESTER"
[The Weston Gallery, Inc., Carmel, CA]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, October 17, 1978
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Sight Unseen: Photographs from the Gilman Collection".
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.