The album appears to have been compiled by a soldier-officer in the Rifle Brigade, possibly one of the officers portrayed in the album, among whom one notes Lord E. Clinton, the Honourable F. Somerville, Major Large, Captain Payne, and a Mr. Bowen. The first 28 pages of the album focus on a military man's experiences in Canada in the 1860s. The photographs, of which 3 are Notman's, include rare views of Hamilton and Grimsby, as well as of Kingston, Ontario. Subject matter includes officer's quarters, the mess, rifle range and other military activities, garrison theatricals, sleighing and other sports activities. There are also views of Quebec City and Montreal, Quebec, including views of prominent buildings and monuments as well as copies of Canadian paintings, including some by Krieghoff. The second half of the album depicts various battlegrounds of the Crimean war, probably done in 1855-56; views of Killarney and Cork, Ireland, and various locations in England and Scotland, including Edinburgh and Loch Katrine.