Obelisk, Western face of Point Roberts

ca. 1860-1 (photographed)

Royal Engineers

Height: 17.6 cm photograph, Width: 14 cm photograph, Height: 26.9 cm support, Width: 34.3 cm support

40:107 PDP

'Obelisk, Western face of Point Roberts', photograph by the Royal Engineers, North America, ca. 1860-1

Photograph of an obelisk.

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 D

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