The Victorians and Edwardians at War (Shire Library)
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By the time the first photographs were taken at war in the late 1840s, the idea that 'the camera cannot lie' was already firmly embedded in the Victorian psyche. 'Truthful' in a way the work of the war artist could never be, despite the initially long exposures and cumbersome equipment, cameras have been used to document war ever since the celebrated photographs of Roger Fenton in the Crimea. Through a rich selection of images – many of them never before published – this book tells the story of the photographers who chronicled Britain's Victorian and Edwardian wars and those who fought in them.
He was wounded at Inkerman. He later became Commander-in-Chief of the British forces in Ireland with the rank of General. A multi-national group of soldiers in General Bosquet’s Division poses for Fenton’s camera. Men of the 77th East Middlesex Regiment, ready for the trenches. On 19 April 1855 The 77th attacked the rifle pits in front of the Redan, driving the Russians out with their bayonets and allegedly without firing a shot. They suffered high casualties, and their commander Colonel.
White, and Black and White Budget, published weekly at 6d and 2d respectively, proudly proclaimed that each issue contained the Most Unique Photos and Sketches of the War up to Date. A mixture of photographs and artists’ impressions graced the pages, together with often-jingoistic accounts of the progress of the campaigns. With The Flag to Pretoria also contained a mix of sketches and photographs, and was published in fortnightly parts from March 1900, again priced 6d, while the weekly news.
After she re-entered service. She sank again in 1911 while being used as an unmanned and remotely controlled vessel, her wreckage only being rediscovered in the 1980s. Behind her, tied up at the quay is one of the Furness Railway paddle steamers which sailed between Barrow, Blackpool and Fleetwood. Her sister ship A8 was lost off Plymouth with all hands – a crew of eleven – in 1905, as was A7 in 1914. Many humorous postcards with a naval theme were marketed during the Edwardian period. This.
These chemicals had been tested under battle conditions by leading news photographers. If there were so few restrictions, why did photographers not recognise the historical need for accuracy once all the jingoism of the campaign had been relegated to the margins? Loyalty towards King and country perhaps – that Edwardian legacy of the Victorian era that it was one’s duty not to do or say anything which might undermine the official line? It was a golden opportunity lost for ever. Britain’s next.
Major war would be the Great War against Germany, with the military and governmental censorship machine in full working order. Photographed in 1904 off Port Arthur at the height of the Russian–Japanese War, the Russian cruiser Peresviet fires a broadside. At the Battle of Tsushima in May 1905 she suffered damage and, along with five other Russian warships, was captured by the Japanese. The cruiser Aurora, which would later play such a significant role in the Russian Revolution, escaped capture.