Stone pyramid on the 49th Parallel, on the right bank of the eastern intersection of the Kootenay River, cutting on the left bank thumbnail 1
Stone pyramid on the 49th Parallel, on the right bank of the eastern intersection of the Kootenay River, cutting on the left bank thumbnail 2
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On display at V&A South Kensington
Request to view at the Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F , Case X, Shelf 525, Box D

Stone pyramid on the 49th Parallel, on the right bank of the eastern intersection of the Kootenay River, cutting on the left bank

Photograph
ca. 1860-1 (photographed)
Artist/Maker

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'.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Albumen print from wet collodion-on-glass negative
Brief Description
'Stone pyramid on the 49th Parallel', photograph by the Royal Engineers, North America, ca. 1860-1
Physical Description
Photograph of a stone pyramid.
Dimensions
  • Photograph height: 22.5cm
  • Photograph width: 26.7cm
  • Support height: 27.4cm
  • Support width: 343cm
Gallery Label
Gallery 100, ‘History of photography’, 2011-2012, label text : Royal Engineers ‘Stone pyramid on the 49th Parallel, on the right bank of the eastern intersection of the Kootenay River, cutting on the left bank’ About 1860-61 In 1856 the War Department appointed Charles Thurston Thompson, chief photographer at the South Kensington Museum, to teach photography to the Royal Engineers. On one expedition the soldier-photographers documented the border between the USA and Canada, painstakingly recording everything that crossed their path. Albumen print Received from the Foreign Office 1863 Museum no. 40.094 (07 03 2014)
Credit line
Received from the Foreign Office 1863
Production
Photographed by a Royal Engineers photographer on a U.S.-Canada Border Survey.
Subject depicted
Summary
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'.
Collection
Accession Number
40094

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record createdOctober 17, 2008
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