An oversize albumen photograph of the exterior of the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul by the photographer Pascal Sebah. The view is taken from outside a stone wall pierced with grilled windows. The monumental structure rises behind the wall. Pascal Sebah (1823-1886) was born in Constantinople. His photographic studio there opened in 1857. In the lower left in the negative, “68. Mosquee St. Sophia” and lower right “P. Sebah.” The image is 10 ¼ x 13 1/8 inches (26 x 33 cm). The mat is 16 x20 inches (40.5 x50 cm).
Condition; generally good with some very light foxing in the sky and some wrinkling to the paper. One interior crease mark is toward the left edge and the other is in the foreground. The contrast is excellent, the printing clear and there is no fading along the margins.