Thursday, July 22, 2010

Maréchal Pélissier

Maréchal (Marshal) Pélissier (Roger Fenton, 1855)

Aimable Jean Jacques Pélissier, 1st Duc de Malakoff (1794 - 1864) was for some period of time the commander-in-chief of the French forces in Crimea.

Photographer Roger Fenton wrote in his 'Account of a Photographic Excursion to the Theatre of War in the Crimea' (published in the 'Revue photographique' of 5 February 1856):

"General Pélissier, whom I breakfasted with this morning, is coming at five o'clock in the morning the day after tomorrow. It is impossible to work after nine or ten o'clock because of the great heat, which makes the corks pop out of my bottles and ruins all the images."

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