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Albumen photo view of Damascus, Bonfils c. 1870

Albumen photo view of Damascus, Bonfils c. 1870

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Directory: Traditional Collectibles: Ephemera: Photographs: Places: Pre 1900: Item # 1420543

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Albumen photograph depicting the city of Damascus in the distance with a town in the middle distance and a man standing in a graveyard toward the foreground. Written in the negative lower left, “Bonfils” and lower right, “402. Damas-Vue general de Damas prise de ‘Sulkirk’(?)” Laid on paper and matted. Image 8 ¾ x 11 ¾ inches (22 x 30 cm). Mat 16 x 20 inches (40.5 x 51 cm). Felix Bonfils (French 1831-1885) was one of the early photographers of the Middle East. A similar view is at the Getty and they haven’t yet identified the spot where it was taken.

Condition: Generally good, though the image has some fading along the left side and the perhaps a little at the bottom.