As an important part of my research, I have begun collecting and notating important artists including the great military painters, sketch artists caricaturists and correspondents of the era and beyond who have covered this subject. Being a visual hobby, the visual arts are also an invaluable technical resource as well as serving as a colourful inspiration as the hobbyist similarly tries to recreate past military actions.
Whilst being aware of how popular the subject of Balaclava and the Light Brigade actions were, I had nevertheless failed to realise just how well represented the Crimean War was and still is in the visual arts. Having already listed ten posting on the great artists of the age, I have but scratched at the surface of a mountain of material. I have therefore resolved to limit the scope of my examination for the time being to those artists either alive during the battle or born in the Victorian nineteenth century and thus most influenced and proximate to the event itself.
As an aid to myself as well as any follower of this blog, I therefore tender the following list of artists which fall into this category. This will be a ‘living document’ and will no doubt require amendment and re-posting in the future as the blog and my research expands. It will include painters, illustraters, caricaturists and photographers. Artists ascribed an asterisk (*) I have deemed to fall beyond the remit of this project.
*Oswald Brierly (1817-1894) – Naval subjects
William Simpson 1823-1899 – watercolours & lithograghs
*Jerry Barrett, 1824-1906 (Crimean War after Balaclava)
Richard Caton Woodville
John Tenniel (Caricaturist and illustrator)
John Leech (Caricaturist and illustrator)
Thomas Jones Barker