[Grenadier Guards Drummer]

Joseph Cundall British

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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.”

[Grenadier Guards Drummer], Joseph Cundall (British, Norwich, Norfolk 1818–1895 Wallington, Surrey), Salted paper print from glass negative

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