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British Army Officer

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (photographed)

  • Date:

    c. 1855 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Williams, Thomas Richard, born 1824 - died 1871 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-tinted stereoscopic daguerreotype in a passe-partout frame

  • Credit Line:

    The Royal Photographic Society Collection at the V&A, acquired with the generous assistance of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Art Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case MB2, shelf TR7, box XRG1075

Physical description

Hand-tinted stereoscopic daguerreotype of a young man who was a British Army Officer. Hand-colouring brings out the scarlet and gold of this young officer's uniform. British army uniforms had changed little in the forty years since the end of the Napoleonic Wars. He holds a hat under his right arm and a handkerchief in his right hand. The daguerreotype plates are in a black mount with two rectangular arched windows. This is glazed in a passe-partout frame. A T. R. Williams label is on the back of the frame.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (photographed)


c. 1855 (photographed)


Williams, Thomas Richard, born 1824 - died 1871 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-tinted stereoscopic daguerreotype in a passe-partout frame

Marks and inscriptions

T.R.W. / London
Signed in pencil on the recto of the mount, in the bottom left corner.

MR. T. R. WILLIAMS / Photographic Artist / REGENT 236 STREET / Opposite Hanover Street / London / PORTRAITS TAKEN DAILY.
Printed label covering the back of the frame. Additional printed information about the products sold by Williams.

'R.P.S.' handwritten in pencil on verso of frame.


Height: 69 mm Image, Width: 56 mm Image, Height: 82 mm Frame, Width: 171 mm Frame, Depth: 3 mm Frame

Descriptive line

Photograph by Thomas Richard Williams, British Army Officer, stereo daguerreotype, c. 1855.


Copper; Glass; Metal; Paper (fiber product)


Daguerreotype; Photography


Photographs; Military; Portraits; The Royal Photographic Society; RPS Digitisation Project


Royal Photographic Society Collection

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