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James Lloyd - Photographer
Durban, Natal Colony, South Africa

c. 18
80s

T
his bombardier of the Royal Artillery was photographed in Durban, Natal Colony sometime in the 1880s. His dark blue five button frock has two welts or pleats running down the
breast. I have seen this style frock in a number of 1880s photographs but have not found it documented in print as to its official pattern.

Photographer James Lloyd established himself in Durban in the 1860s and is probably best known from his many views taken during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. Most noted of these
are the famous shot of the ultimatum being delivered to Zulu king Cetshwayo at the Lower Drift of the Tugela in December 1878, the May 1879 aftermath views of the battlefield of
Isandlwana and views of Rorke's Drift after the noted fight there.