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Personal logo Nashville Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2018 7:11 p.m. PST

The Officers' Portfolio of the Striking Reminiscences of the War

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Source for the images from The Officers' Portfolio of the Striking Reminiscences of the War, Courtesy: S.P. Lohia Collection

I have re-uploaded scans from this wonderful Folio (26 x 18 1/8 inches). You can download them. Original light grey paper upper wrapper mounted on thin card as title-page with title (as above) printed in letterpress. 18 (of [22]) hand-coloured lithographed plates, each mounted on card in imitation of a watercolour (as issued) with manuscript captions in ink in a single hand on the mount below each image. Unbound as issued in original dark green half morocco, upper cover with blocked design in gilt of four soldiers, a flag, various trophies of war and the word Sebastopol, cloth ties. An exceptionally rare work: no copies, complete or otherwise, are listed as having sold at auction in the past thirty years. This fine series of views and scenes from the Crimean War are presented as if they were mounted watercolours, with manuscript titles beneath each image. This was generally only done for the most expensive publications (the deluxe issue of David Roberts' Holy Land for example,) and may be taken as an indication of the exclusive nature of this important record. These excellent plates are unsigned, but some are evidently drawn up from sketches made on the spot, whilst others were worked up from photographs an important early example of this technique.
The Officers' Portfolio of the Striking Reminiscences of the War appearing earlier is apparently missing four images: there were 22. I have now added behind this, what may be the missing images (albeit speculative, in very low resolution) , and then the first several pages from Edward's Naval and Military Catalogue 1908. It is wonderful; read the introduction.
3721 SEBASTOPOL [sic]. The Officers' Portfolio of the Striking Reminiscences of the War from Drawings, Photographs, and Notes taken on the Spot, made into complete pictures by Eminent Artists, a series of 21 [actually 22] large COLOURED plates on cardboard mounts, each 26 in. by 18 in., in portfolio. (Dickenson) £4.00 GBP 10s
Sebastopol from the Sea.
Sebastopol from the Plateau.
Sebastopol from the rear of the Great Redan.
Entrance to Balaklava.
Arrival of Fresh Troops at Balaklava.
Balaklava (under Snow).
Valley of Inkermann.
Tractir Bridge, after Battle of the Tchernaya.
The Aqueduct.
X Cathcart's Mount (with graves and monuments).
X The Hurricane (Ashore).
The Hurricane (Coast)
X Loss of "The Prince" etc.
Rocks near Balaklava.
X Assault of Great Redan (double plate).
Repulse of the French from the Little Redan.
Troops in Review in Rear of 21 gun Battery.
Inside the Malakoff (Russians).
Salient of the Redan Midnight.
Close Quarters (Inkermann).
Removing the Wounded from the Great Redan .
Rifle Party Skirmishing (winter).


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23rdFusilier Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2018 3:35 a.m. PST

Incredible works.

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