William Walker Whitehall Johnston photograph album of Wales, the West Indies, and the 1st West India Regiment
Scope and Contents
Disbound photograph album with images that document people and the built landscape of the West Indies, circa 1859-1865, and views of people and sites in Wales, 1858. The album includes several portraits of Johnston, and a portrait that probably depicts his father, Thomas Francis Johnston.
Fifty-five photographs chiefly document a stay by Johnston with the Tennant family at Cadoxton Lodge Estate in Cadoxton-juxta-Neath, Wales. Images include portraits, including portraits of Johnston's brothers, as well as several members of the Tennant family, such as Charles Tennant and Henry Tennant; views of the Cadoxton Lodge Estate, including the house and garden; and several views of the Neath Abbey ruins. Other images include views of iron and tin works, Aberdulais Falls, the Tennant Canal, and the beach at the Mumbles near Swansea. Several photographs depict sites in London, including workmen and boys gathered at the construction site of the Victoria Railway Bridge (later known as the Grosvenor Bridge) over the River Thames.
Seventy-nine photographs document sites and people in the West Indies, as well as enlisted men, non-commissioned officers, and officers in the 1st West India Regiment. The photographs of the regiment depict soldiers, officers, military exercises, and barracks. A group portrait shows officers involved in the Morant Bay Rebellion, including Johnston and generals Luke Smythe O'Connor and Alexander Abercromby Nelson.
Photographs of sites in the West Indies include buildings, markets, and streets. Many images depict sites in Nassau on New Providence, including Christ Church Cathedral, Fort Charlotte, Fort Fincastle, Market Street Arch, Old Fort of Nassau, Queen's Staircase, and Vendue House, as well as the residence of the governor and an octoganal-shaped city jail. Images of sites in Kingston, Jamaica, include the Coke Memorial Methodist Church, Kingston Theatre, and Up-Park Camp. Several photographs show the settlement and barracks at Castries, Saint Lucia. Photographs of Port of Spain, Trinidad include views of Marine Square and Almond Walk. Photographs of Havana, Cuba depict the Plaza de Armas, including El Templete, the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, and a monument to Ferdinand VII of Spain. There are also photographs of the lighthouse at Great Isaac Cay, South Bimini Island. Photographs of sites include several panoramic photographs.
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The William Walker Whitehall Johnston Photograph Album of Wales, the West Indies, and the 1st West India Regiment is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased by William Reese Co. from Sotheby's (lot 267), November 10, 2009. Purchased from William Reese Co. on the Library Associates Endowment Fund, 2011.
Organized into one series: I. Photograph Album, 1858-1865.
0.4 Linear Feet (1 box)
Language of Materials
Disbound photograph album with images that document people and the built landscape in the West Indies, circa 1859-1865, and views of people and sites in Wales, 1858. The album includes several studio portraits of Johnston, and a studio portrait that probably depicts his father, Thomas Francis Johnston.
William Walker Whitehall Johnston (1835-1886)
William Walker Whitehall Johnston was an officer in the British Army. He was born in Trinidad, where his father, Thomas Francis Johnston (circa 1808-1873) served as a Colonial Secretary. In the British Army, Johnston held ranks from ensign to lieutenant-colonel in the 1st West India Regiment. He commanded troops in Jamaica, British Honduras, and West Africa in the Ashanti War, 1873-1874. Johnston married Mary Elizabeth Farrington (circa 1835-circa 1884), circa 1860, and they had two children, Frances Maude Johnston Hilditch (circa 1862-1895) and William Charles Caley Johnston (1870-1918). In 1884, he married Matilda Ricketts (born circa 1856). Johnston died in London in 1886.
Charles Tennant (1796-1873)
Charles Tennant was an English politician and landowner. From 1830 to 1831 Tennant was Member of Parliament for St Albans, and supported the Representation of the People Act 1832 (commonly known as the Reform Act 1832). In 1830 he was one of the founders of the National Colonisation Society, advocating emigration to British colonies. His political publications include The People's Blue Book (1857) and The Bank of England and the Organization of Credit in England (1866). Tennant also owned Cadoxton Lodge Estate in Cadoxton-juxta-Neath, Wales.
West India Regiment
The West India Regiment was an infantry unit of the British Army recruited from and normally stationed in the British colonies of the West Indies between 1795 and 1927. Intially the regiment sought to recruit both free blacks from the West Indian population together with purchased slaves from West Indian plantations. After the abolition of slavery, enlisted men in the regiment were black West Indian volunteers, with white officers and some senior non-commissioned officers from Great Britain.
Title devised by cataloger.
The album lacks boards and pages 1-2.
Identification of individual photographs derive from a list created by the dealer, as well as an examination by the processing archivist.
- Aberdulais Falls (Wales) -- Pictorial works
- Bimini Islands (Bahamas) -- Pictorial works
- Cadoxton Lodge Estate (Wales) -- Pictorial works
- Castries (Saint Lucia) -- Pictorial works
- Christ Church Cathedral (Nassau, Bahamas) -- Pictorial works
- Coke Memorial Methodist Church (Kingston, Jamaica) -- Pictorial works
- Fort Charlotte (Nassau, Bahamas) -- Pictorial works
- Fort Fincastle (Bahamas) -- Pictorial works
- Great Britain. Army -- Pictorial works
- Great Britain. Army. West India Regiment, 1st -- Pictorial works
- Havana (Cuba) -- Pictorial works
- Johnston, Francis Hope, d. 1874
- Johnston, Thomas Francis, ca. 1808-1873
- Johnston, Walter Mowbray, 1842-1919
- Johnston, William Walker Whitehall, 1835-1886
- Kingston (Jamaica) -- Pictorial works
- Kingston Theatre (Kingston, Jamaica) -- Pictorial works
- Morant Bay Rebellion -- Pictorial works
- Mumbles (Swansea, Wales) -- Pictorial works
- Nassau (Bahamas) -- Pictorial works
- Neath Abbey (Neath, Wales) -- Pictorial works
- Nelson, Alexander Abercromby, Sir, 1816-1893
- O'Connor, Luke Smythe, 1806-1873
- Old Fort of Nassau (Bahamas) -- Pictorial works
- Panoramic photographs
- Photograph albums
- Photographic prints
- Plaza de Armas (Havana, Cuba) -- Pictorial works
- Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago) -- Pictorial works
- Soldiers, Black -- Great Britain -- Pictorial works
- Soldiers, Black -- West Indies -- Pictorial works
- Tennant Canal (Wales) -- Pictorial works
- Tennant family -- Pictorial works
- Tennant, Charles, 1796-1873
- Tennant, Henry, 1794-1865
- Victoria Bridge (London, England) -- Pictorial works
- West Indies -- Pictorial works
- Guide to the William Walker Whitehall Johnston Photograph Album of Wales, the West Indies, and the 1st West India Regiment
- by Matthew Daniel Mason
- September 2012
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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