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Photograph - Indian encampment at Fort Colville
  • Indian encampment at Fort Colville
    Royal Engineers
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Indian encampment at Fort Colville

  • Object:


  • Date:

    ca. 1860-1 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Royal Engineers (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print from wet collodion-on-glass negative

  • Credit Line:

    Received from the Foreign Office 1863

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 525, box C

In 1856 the War Department appointed the South Kensington Museum photographer Charles Thurston Thompson to teach photography to the Royal Engineers. On one expedition these soldier-photographers documented the border between the USA and Canada. From the crest of the Rockies westwards along the 49th Parallel to the coast, they painstakingly recorded everything that crossed their path, producing 'one of the earliest signifcant body of photographs made in the Pacific Northwest'.

Physical description

Photograph of a Native American encampment.


ca. 1860-1 (photographed)


Royal Engineers (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print from wet collodion-on-glass negative


Height: 21.4 cm photograph, Width: 26.7 cm photograph, Height: 27.4 cm support, Width: 34.4 cm support

Descriptive line

'Indian encampment at Fort Colville. Left Bank of Columbia River', photograph by the Royal Engineers, North America, ca. 1860-1

Production Note

Photographed by a Royal Engineers photographer on a U.S.-Canada Border Survey.




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