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A photograph of a group of Highland soldiers, veterans of the Crimean War, taken by Joseph Cundall (1818-1875), in June 1856. This is one of a series of portraits of Crimean War heroes commissioned by Queen Victoria. The print is from 'The Photographic Album of The Year 1857'. The Album gives the following details: Taken on Collodion, June 1856; weather fine; Exposure ten seconds; developed with Pyrogallic Acid. Lens by Ross; focal length fifteen inches; diameter four and a half inches; Diaphragm one inch. Printed by the ordinary method, toned with Gold. Joseph Cundall trained as a painter before becoming involved in printing and publishing. He wrote several books on photography and was a founding member of the Photographic Society in 1853. In about 1855 Cundall went into partnership with Robert Howlett (1831-1858), opening a photographic studio in New Bond Street, London.