Félix Bonfils (1831 - 1885) was a French photographer and writer who was active in the Middle East. His family business "Maison Bonfils," dominated Middle East commercial photography in the late 19th century.
Finding aid to the Myron Bement Smith collection, processed by Dr. Elisabeth Graves, 2011, is available in the Archives Department and on Internet http://www.asia.si.edu/archives/finding_aids/smith.html#series2
Photographs in the Myron Bement Smith collection are part of the "Islamic Archives," a collection assembled in part by the Committee for Islamic Culture under the direction of architectural historian Myron Bement Smith (1897-1970). The widow of Myron Bement Smith, Katharine Dennis Smith, donated her husband's papers to the Smithsonian Institution in 1972. The collection was housed in the National Museum of Natural History. Ms. Smith granted partial rights of the materials to the Institution in 1973 and full rights, interests, and title in 1985. The collection was transferred to the Freer Gallery in 1977.
- 29 albumen prints mounted on board
29 albumen prints depicting the architectural ruins at the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria. Also includes portraits of the Bedouins who inhabited the site, and a group of funerary portrait busts.
Myron Bement Smith Collection. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Katherine Dennis Smith, 1973-1985
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560