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Artwork of the Month - May 2014

AOM May 2014

Encampment of Fourth Division on Cathcart Hill at Inkerman, December 1854

Artist: Gaspard Le Marchant Tupper (1826-1906)
Medium: Watercolour and body colour on paper
Status: Permanent collection
Acc. No.: GMAG 1998.53

Born in Guernsey in 1826, Gaspard Le Marchant Tupper was the son of Anna Maria, the daughter of Major General Sir Gaspard Le Merchant. Tupper served in the Crimean War from 1854 to 1856, where he took part in the battles of Balaklava (October 25th 1854) and Inkerman (November 5th 1854). He also took part in the Siege and Fall of Sebastopol which lasted from September 1854 until September 1855.

This watercolour is one of a series of sketches by Tupper representing the Crimea and places seen on the way there from England. It depicts the encampment of the Fourth Infantry Division of the British Army on Cathcart Hill at Inkerman. Cathcart Hill was named after General George Cathcart who was killed at the Battle of Inkerman and is buried nearby. It was the observation point from which the allied commanders of the Crimean War observed the siege of Sebastopol.