Photograph

Indian encampment at Fort Colville

ca. 1860-1 (photographed)

Royal Engineers

Height: 21.4 cm photograph, Width: 26.7 cm photograph, Height: 27.4 cm support, Width: 34.4 cm support

40:082 PDP

'Indian encampment at Fort Colville. Left Bank of Columbia River', photograph by the Royal Engineers, North America, ca. 1860-1

Photograph of a Native American encampment.

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'.

Received from the Foreign Office 1863

Location: Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case X, shelf 525, box C

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