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Colonel Edmund Gilling Hallewell (1822-1869)

Biography of the soldier and amateur artist Colonel Edmund Gilling Hallewell (1822-1869)

Colonel Edmund Gilling Hallewell (1822-1869) was a career soldier, joining the 20th Regiment of Foot as a young ensign in 1839. Hallewell served with distinction in the Crimea, where he was Deputy Acting Quartermaster General of the Light Division at the battles of Alma, Inkerman and Sebastopol, and it was during the Crimean campaign that he became acquainted with the photographer, Roger Fenton, and is the subject of no less than four of Fenton's tableaux of camp life.

Hallewell was by this time a noted amateur artist, mainly of topographical subjects. As Fenton's early training was as an artist, the two were no doubt drawn together by their mutual interests, remaining in contact after the Crimean campaign, when Hallewell, by then a lieutenant colonel, was appointed Deputy Quartermaster General in Malta.

Hallewell maintained his interest in photography and while on home leave in 1860, when he was confirmed as full colonel, he records in his diary: "I went to see the Fentons, he gave me some Photographs. He is also going to do the Photo from my mother's portrait, which I left with him."

Fenton fulfilled his promise and Hallewell later records that on his return to Malta, he sent him a case of oranges in gratitude.

Colonel Edmund Gilling Hallewell (1822-1869) Related Lots

Lot FS17/380

Lot FS17/380: Colonel Edmund Gilling Hallewell [1822-1869] - Colonel Edmund Gilling Hallewell's Photographic Album

Colonel Edmund Gilling Hallewell [1822-1869] - Colonel Edmund Gilling Hallewell's Photographic Album. A mixed photographic album of the 1850s and 1860s, elephant folio, lacking front board and some leaves.

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000
Realised: £9,400

Lot FS17/383

Lot FS17/383: The Diaries of Col Edmund Gilling Hallewell 1857-1865

The diaries of Col Edmund Gilling Hallewell 1857-1865, covering the years of his posting in Malta as Deputy Quartermaster General, which lasted until his return to England and appointment as Commandant of the Royal Military College at Sandhurst, in 1863. The diaries are wide-ranging, covering army administration, family life (his wife and children were with him in Malta), friends, Hallewell's monthly domestic accounts, and his own appalling sufferings from gout. The diaries provide a particularly rich anecdotal account of military life in the Mediterranean theatre at this critical period in European history, which includes the invasion of Italy by the emperor, Napoleon III, and the Risorgimento.

Estimate: £400 - £600
Realised: £4,400

Lot FS17/379

Lot FS17/379: Colonel Edmund Gilling Hallewell [1822-1869] - Niagara Falls with the Old Terrapin Tower and Horseshoe Falls

Colonel Edmund Gilling Hallewell [1822-1869] - Niagara Falls with the old Terrapin Tower and Horseshoe Falls signed bottom right watercolour over pencil heightened with white 23.5 x 34cm, together with two other watercolours.

Estimate: £400 - £600
Realised: £150

Lot FS17/378

Lot FS17/378: Colonel Edmund Gilling Hallewell [1822-1869] - Gibraltar

Colonel Edmund Gilling Hallewell [1822-1869] - Gibraltar watercolour over pencil heightened with white 67.5 x 89cm.

Estimate: £300 - £500
Realised: £360