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Khartoum 1898

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3042C

Scope and Contents

An album bound in padded red leather with 'Khartum 1898' in gold on the front. The photographs have printed captions. The captions have been used as titles and may contain offensive, inappropriate or outdated terms. They have been retained to reflect the context of their creation.

The album documents Horatio Kitchener's campaign from the massing of forces in Egypt to the taking of Khartoum and includes the battles of Atbara and Omdurman.


  • Creation: 1898


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Biographical / Historical

According to a letter from Lt. Gen. Sir Sidney Clive, 27 March 1956, the photographs were taken by a wealthy civilian named Francis Gregson who accompanied the expedition. However, other names have been put forward. (Clive's letter is kept with the album).


1 album(s) (233 images in 1 album)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from W. Smith for 30s., 1954.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection is available on microfiche: Africa, fiche numbers 19-20.

Related Materials

Correspondence between the Royal Empire Society's Secretary-General and Lieut.-General Sir Sidney Clive is stored with the album.

Also kept with the album is a head and shoulders portrait of 'Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales'. Printed on silk (?) material, the portrait measures approximately 256 x 405 mm. Printed in the top left corner is: 'Supplement to 'The Gentlewoman', Christmas Number' and in the bottom right is: 'By gracious permission. From a portrait painted specially for 'The Gentlewoman' by Lafayette'. It is unclear whether this was once part of the photograph album.


This item level description was entered by KS using information from the original typescript catalogue.

Includes index.
2003-06-09 10:49:24+00:00
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