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Felix Bonfils Photographs

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Photographer:
Bonfils, Félix 1831-1885
Creator:
Bonfils, Lydie 1837-1918
Physical description:
15 prints : albumen; 22.5 x 28.5 cm sheets
Type:
Panoramas
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Albumen prints
Place:
Turkey, Istanbul Province, Constantinople (Istanbul)
Syria, Damascus, Damascus
Damascus (Syria)
Istanbul (Turkey)
Constantinople (Turkey)
Date:
1870
1860-1880
Notes:
Felix Bonfils was a French photographer who began his professional career as a bookbinder and printer, specializing in photoengravings. After visiting Lebanon as part of Napoleon III's expeditionary corps, in 1867 he became the first French photographer to settle in the Near East. With his wife Lydie, Bonfils established a studio, Maison Bonfils, in Beirut, then part of the Ottoman Empire. Known for his interest in architectural photography, Bonfils traveled widely in the Near East. His 1876 catalog is credited with introducing the genre of Near Eastern photographic portraiture.
Summary:
Panoramic view in 360 degrees of Constantinople, now Istanbul, Turkey, circa 1870. 10 sheets of albumen print, of which five bear the photographer's signature and number.
Panoramic view of Damascus, Syria, circa 1870. 5 sheets of albumen print, all bearing the photographer's signature and number.
Local number:
FSA A1997.03
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Photographs of the Middle East

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Creator:
Bonfils, Felix
Physical description:
5 prints: albumen, unmounted
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Albumen prints
Place:
Egypt
Petra (Extinct city)
Jordan
Karnak (Egypt)
Gizeh (Egypt)
Damascus (Syria)
Date:
1850
Summary:
Four 19th century prints: 1 unmounted albumen print of the Great Pyramid entrance by Maison Bonfils. 28 x 21.5 cm.; 1 albumen print of Egyptian fruit sellers by the Zangaki Brothers, mounted on paper. 27 x 21 cm.; 1 unmounted albumen print of a Damascus fountain by Tancrède Dumas. 28.5 x 22.9 cm.; 1 albumen print of Karnak by Felix Bonfils, mounted on album page with printed caption label; 1 album page: 24.8 x 33.2 cm. Albumen print of Petra by Louis Vigne, mounted on paper. Page: 35.2 x 26.6 cm.; print: 25 x 19.6 cm.
Topic:
Temples
Local number:
FSA A2017.07
Restrictions:
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Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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