Slightly Oversized Carte de Visite
Unknown Photographer
Egypt
c. 1884-85

Worn by the passing years, this oversized carte de visite appears to depict a member of Woseley's desert column that vainly attempted to relieve General Charles Gordon the defender
of Khartoum during the Nile Campaign of 1884-85. He appears to be wearing the rather novel gray serge uniform which was issued to many of the British troops after their arrival in
Egypt. His foreign service helmet which rests on the table next to him still carries its brass spike which is attached to the helmet via a ventilated brass dome. These would be set aside
while in the field and replaces by a plain fabric covered domed ventilator.