Commissariat Difficulties: scene during the Crimean War, 1854-1856

Watercolour
March 1854 (made)
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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Watercolour drawing depicting a scene from the Crimean War, on the road from Balaklava as it passes through the village of Kadikoi.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
pencil and watercolour, heightened with white
Brief Description
Watercolour, 'Commissariat Difficulties', watercolour drawing by William Simpson, Crimea, 1854
Physical Description
Watercolour drawing depicting a scene from the Crimean War, on the road from Balaklava as it passes through the village of Kadikoi.
Dimensions
  • Height: 14.9cm
  • Width: 27.3cm
Marks and Inscriptions
The road from Balaklava to the camp, as it passes the village of Kadikoi, is here represented. The rain is descending in torrents over the heights above Balakava, and the mud threatens to stop all communication with the camp, by engulfing everything which ventures upon it. The waggon behind the 'arabs' is taking the sick to Balaklava; the less severe cases are without cover in the front. (inscribed on the original mount)
Credit line
Bequeathed by H. H. Harrod
Object history
Reproduced by lithography as Plate 13 in the artist's book The Seat of the War in the East, 1st series, London, 1855
Places Depicted
Bibliographic References
  • Coombs, Katherine British watercolours : 1750-1950 . London: V&A Publications, 2012p.55, pl.44
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design, and Department of Paintings, Accessions: 1948, Volume II, Henry Herbert Harrod Bequest, London: His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1957
Collection
Accession Number
E.1385-1948

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