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Photograph - Cutting on the 49th Parallel, on the Right Bank of the Mooyie River Looking West
  • Cutting on the 49th Parallel, on the Right Bank of the Mooyie River Looking West
    Royal Engineers
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Cutting on the 49th Parallel, on the Right Bank of the Mooyie River Looking West

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    north america (MADE)

  • Date:

    c.1860 (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:

    40090

  • Gallery location:

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

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 significant bodies of photographs made in the Pacific Northwest'.

Physical description

Photograph of a group of men posed at the end of a line cut through a forested area. There is a forest covered mountain in the background.

Place of Origin

north america (MADE)

Date

c.1860 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Royal Engineers (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print from wet collodion-on-glass negative

Dimensions

Height: 246 mm paper mount, Width: 202 mm paper mount, Height: 245 mm, Width: 224 mm

Descriptive line

Photograph by Royal Engineers, 'Cutting on the 49th Parallel, on the Right Bank of the Mooyie River Looking West', c.1860, albumen print

Production Note

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

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Albumen

Subjects depicted

River-banks

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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