The Victoria Rifle Volunteers in London, 1864
An albumen print showing members of the 1st Middlesex (Victoria) Rifle Volunteers Corps enjoying a picnic with their wives.
Beginning in 1859, various Volunteer regiments were established in Britain in response to Napoléon III's aggressive foreign policy in Europe and the perceived threat of a French invasion.
An inked inscription in a period hand in the corner of the mount reads ‘Wilson's tent / Victoria Camp 1864.’
Condition: the print presents a few small imperfections in the area of the sky but is otherwise in excellent condition, with good tonal range. The bicoloured mount presents a small amount of foxing and one or two small stains but is otherwise crisp and clean. The reverse of the mount is blank.
Dimensions: the image measures 6.2" (15.7 cm) along its lower edge, and is 3.8" (9.7 cm) high in the centre of the image. The mount measures 8.1" by 10.7" (20.5 cm by 27.2 cm).