With a portrait of Edward VII taking center stage this photograph offers a remarkable look at this soldier's little corner of the
Empire which he served. Numerous photograph and paper pinwheels decorate the shallow arched alcove that housed this
artilleryman's bunk. A portrait of General Roberts can be made out in the upper right corner of the photograph and an image
of a young woman can just be seen below Roberts photograph at the extreme far right edge of the photograph - and early
1900s version of a "pinup". Lost amid the decorations are this soldier's Slade-Wallace buff leather belt and braces which hang
from wooden pegs at the right and left of the image. The letters "F" and "G" appear on the upper back wall and these may be
this soldier's initials.

A pencil inscription on the photograph's reverse reads: "
Malta Artillery 1900 1911", which may be the years this soldier
served on the island
. The bullfighting picture to the left of the soldier brings to mind Gibraltar and Spain. The photo illustrates
the latitude that other ranks were given at the time when it came to decorating their bunk area of the barracks.


Cabinet Photograph
Unknown Photographer
Malta
c 1905