[Interior of the] Redan 1855, 1855
Scope and Contents
276 x 216 mm. Carbon print showing the ruined interior of the Redan after it had been deserted by the Russians on 8 September. James Robertson, Superintendent and Chief Engraver of the Mint at Constantinople, remained in the Crimea after the departure of his more famous contemporary Roger Fenton and thus secured the only photographs of the remains of the Malakoff and Redan forts after the retreat of the Russian forces.
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Biographical / Historical
James Robertson was born in circa 1813. As a gem engraver he exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1833 and 1840. He arrived in Constantinople (now Istanbul) between 1840 and 1850. He became superintendent of the Royal Mint. Robertson entered into a photographic partnership with Felix Beato in the 1850s, photographing throughout the Middle East. Robertson also photographed the Crimean Campaign.
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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Robertson, James, b c 1813, photographer
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