Scenes and Incidents in the Russian War. No. 2. Sangfroid,Captain Peel of the Diamond gave one of his many proofs of determination and Sangfroid on the 15th October. A shell fell onto the battery upon which he instantly seized it in his hands and hurled it over the parapet where it exploded harmlessly. 'Letter from the Crimea.'
London _ Published 2nd January 1855 by E. Gambart & Co., 25 Berniers Street.
Coloured lithograph with large margins. Printed area 290 x 340mm (11½ x 13½"). Slightly foxed.
An illustration probably inspired by William Henry Stowe's column from 'The Times', 'Letter from the Crimea'. A scene of heroism from the Siege of Sevastapol in 1854, during the Crimean War: Captain William Peel (1824-58, son of Prime Minister Robert Peel), picked up a live shell with the fuse still burning and threw it over the parapet, for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross (now on display at the National Maritime Museum). He also fought at the Battle of Inkermann and was wounded leading the first scaling party during the first assault on the Redan. He also served in the India Mutiny and was wounded at the Relief of Lucknow. He died aged only 33, not of violence but of smallpox at Cawnpore.
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