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PostSubject: Photographs of Chard   Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:56 am

I know of three photographs of Chard in civilian dress (one is in Isandula's collection and another in JY's I think). Does anyone know the dates of the photos please?

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PostSubject: Re: Photographs of Chard   Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:11 pm

Its a long time since iv'e seen the photograph of Chard in civvies, he is
standing by a gate in tweed's wearing a flat cap.
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PostSubject: Re: Photographs of Chard   Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:28 pm

Steve,

This carte-de-visite predates 1879, photographed in the studio of John Hawke, 8, George Street, Plymouth.  It was used by many of the illustrated newspapers as an engraving to show Chard’s image.

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Lieutenant J. R. M. Chard, V. C., R. E.
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Earlier photographs of Chard show him sporting an Imperial beard and moustache, placing it in the early 1870’s.

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PostSubject: Re: Photographs of Chard   Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:38 pm

Thanks Les, I wasn't thinking of that one so that makes four.
Thanks JY, that's very useful. Any thoughts about this one?
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PostSubject: Re: Photographs of Chard   Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:43 pm

Steve,

It might be hard to believe but that is not an actual photograph. That is a charcoal and pencil drawing of him held at the R. E. Museum.

Look carefully at the texture of the jacket and the button. I thought you had an eye trained for such things?

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PostSubject: Re: Photographs of Chard   Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:47 pm

Only with my glasses on! It's very good, any idea of date?

PS And was it reproduced elsewhere at the time?
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PostSubject: Re: Photographs of Chard   Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:54 pm

Steve,

I’ll try and find the museum’s exhibits list I have, hopefully that might have further information on it.

I have been checking their online collection, but to no avail.

I’m sure I have a photograph of the drawing on file somewhere.

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PostSubject: Re: Photographs of Chard   Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:56 pm

Not very clear.. and i can't remember if a member posted before,
so apology to whoever.

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PostSubject: Re: Photographs of Chard   Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:26 pm

Chard "sans" the handkerchief of the earlier post.
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PostSubject: Re: Photographs of Chard   Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:19 pm

Well isn't that odd! I would never have noticed the missing handkerchief. So far as I can see the photos are otherwise identical. The fact that it is annotated as "Major Chard" puts the annotation at least after RD - the CDV could of course be earlier. I note that the copy in the royal collection is also sans handkerchief.

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