Joseph Cundall (British, Norwich, Norfolk 1818–1895 Wallington, Surrey)
Salted paper print from glass negative
Image: 23.1 x 17.4 cm (9 1/8 x 6 7/8 in.)
Mount: 41.5 x 31.9 cm (16 5/16 x 12 9/16 in.)
Purchase, Alfred Stieglitz Society Gifts, 2011
Not on view
This image of a young drummer is likely from the “Crimean Heroes” series commissioned by Queen Victoria at the conclusion of the Crimean War. While some portraits in the series show soldiers injured in battle, Allen (likely his family name, inscribed on the mount) stands proud and tall in his full regalia, seemingly innocent of the horrors of the Crimean War battles best recalled by Tennyson’s poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade.”
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on mount, recto BR: "Allen"
Private Collector, NY; (Swann Galleries, New York, Sale 2007, Lot 219, May 20, 2004); [William L. Schaeffer, Chester, CT]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 60," September 11, 2012–January 13, 2013.