Some of you may be aware that Marcus Sparling assisted Roger Fenton in photographing the Crimean War. But did you also know that:
He constructed a field camera in 1850 while in the military.
He wrote a book about photography, Theory and Practice of the Photographic Art (1853 or 1856).
He was a member of the 4th Light Dragoons, calvary division, until 1853. He was a member of the band.
His regiment was decimated in the war.
He named his youngest son, Omar b. September, 1855, probably after Omar Pasha, a Crimean War hero.
He was born in Ireland of Irish and German descent (Irish Palatine).
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