Colin Campbell, 1st Baron Clyde, 1792 - 1863. Field-Marshal
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Colin Campbell, 1st Baron Clyde, 1792 - 1863. Field-Marshal 1855
  • Scottish Art
The Crimean War was remarkable for the public attention focused upon it. Fenton went out to the Crimea in February 1855, funded by the publisher Thomas Agnew but under royal patronage. His view of the soldiers and the landscape presents the character of the war rather than its heroism. His portrait of Colin Campbell is a picture of a man etched with fatigue and anxiety. On 9 April 1855, Fenton wrote of him: "Sir Colin Campbell I have not yet got; he is up at four every morning and either writing and not to be disturbed, or scampering about".

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Crimean War

A war declared by Britain and France against Russia in 1854, concerned at Russia's expansion after it had sent troops into parts of the Ottoman Empire. Peace was negotiated in Paris in 1856 following the Franco-British victory at Sebastopol.

Patronage

The support given to artists by an individual or organisation, usually through buying or funding their work.

Crimean War, Patronage

Details

  • Acc. No. PGP 237.7
  • Medium Salt print from a collodion negative
  • Size 23.00 x 18.80 cm
  • Credit Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund 1999