352 photographs in 10 photograph albums (plus some duplicates) illustrating the campaign in South Africa, with identification numbers on most
together with 49 loose photographs (27 duplicates) replicating images from the albums, closed tears to several photographs
Cuthbert, J.H. The 1st battalion Scots guards in South Africa 1899-1902. London: Harrison & Sons, , oblong 4to (248 x 303mm.), numerous plain photographic illustrations, loosely inserted large coloured folding map showing the batallion's route, original dark green boards, upper cover gilt, a few pages creased, spine and lower cover detached
Cuthbert's considerable achievement with the book of photographs was to gather together numerous images from seventeen different officers, largely from the Scots Guards, whose amateur photographs illuminate the campaign from the day of departure from Chelsea Barracks on 21 October 1899 through the battle of Modder river, and the daily routine in camps such as those at Magersfontein, Ferreira, Germiston, Silverton and Donkerhoek, and lengthy treks to such varied locations as Bloemfontein, Komati Poort and Pretoria until the Guards' review on Horse Guards' on 27 October 1902. As Cuthbert states in his brief introduction the photographs do not reveal the whole picture as they were largely taken on sunny and comparatively relaxing days. However, it is these moments of relaxation, with officers playing "Eton football" (actually what looks like a variation on the Wall Game), shaving and larking about whilst nude bathing, that are particularly interesting.
The images contained within the ten photograph albums, presumably part of a complete portfolio of campaign photographs available for perusal by potential buyers, possibly specifically members of the regiment, contain numerous photographs included in Cuthbert's published selection as well as many extra, unpublished, photographs of the various activities and deeds by the officers who counted amongst their number the iconic and controversial Robert Baden-Powell, in evidence here both as photographer and photographic subject.
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