Sebastopol from Cathcart's Hill

Roger Fenton British

Not on view

Cathcart Hill, named for the British general whose grave lay nearby, was the observation point from which the allied commanders of the Crimean War gathered to follow the progress of the siege of Sebastopol. This image is an interesting example of Fenton's pursuit of his own pictorial agenda, regardless of the avowed purpose of his mission. Sebastopol is barely visible in the distance. The vast, desolate emptiness seems hardly worth a battle; the picture is really about the tenuous hold of man over an indifferent terrain.

Sebastopol from Cathcart's Hill, Roger Fenton (British, 1819–1869), Salted paper print from glass negative

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