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Alexander William Kinglake

Alexander William Kinglake
(1809-1891)
Crimean historian

A carte-de-visite portrait of the English travel writer and historian Alexander William Kinglake.

Born near Taunton, Somerset, Kinglake, the eldest son of William Kinglake, and banker and solicitor, he was educated at Eton and Cambridge. He travelled to the East around 1835, and on his return, was called to the bar in 1837. He built a thriving legal practice, which he abandoned in 1856 in order to devote himself to literature and public life. In 1854 he visited the Crimea, where he saw the battle of the Alma and the trenches at Sebastopol. From 1857 to 1868, he was the member of Parliament for Bridgewater; the borough was disenfranchised in 1869.

His first literary venture was Eothen, an account of Eastern travel published in 1844, which proved very popular. However, his magnum opus, and the work for which he is best remembered, was his Invasion of the Crimea, published in 8 volumes between 1863 and 1887. One of the most effective works on the subject, it has been accused of being too favourable to Lord Raglan, and unduly hostile to Napoleon III, for whom the author had an extreme aversion.

Alexander William Kinglake died at 17, Bayswater Terrace, London, on 2 January 1891 and was cremated at Woking cemetery 6 days later.

Photographed by John Mayall of London and Brighton.

condition: The print presents a slight loss of tone along the right-hand edge of the image but is otherwise in excellent condition. The mount is firm and very clean, with crisp edges and sharp corners.
price:  £20
code: cdv062
Alexander William Kinglake, Alexander Kinglake, Crimea, Crimean War,
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