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Photograph - Cutting and Stone Pyramid on the 49th Parallel, at Kensenehn, Looking West.
  • Cutting and Stone Pyramid on the 49th Parallel, at Kensenehn, Looking West.
    Royal Engineers
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Cutting and Stone Pyramid on the 49th Parallel, at Kensenehn, Looking West.

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • 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:

    40097

  • 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 signifcant body of photographs made in the Pacific Northwest'.

Physical description

Photograph of a stone pyramid.

Date

ca. 1860-1 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Royal Engineers (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print from wet collodion-on-glass negative

Dimensions

Height: 24.5 cm photograph, Width: 22.4 cm photograph, Height: 33 cm support, Width: 26.4 cm support

Descriptive line

'Cutting and Stone Pyramid on the 49th Parallel', 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.

Subjects depicted

Pyramids (geometric figures)

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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