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Native Group, Nicosia, 1878

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3018A/17
Native Group, Nicosia
Native Group, Nicosia

Scope and Contents

171 x 113 mm. Woodburytype. A view showing a group of Cypriot men in various attitudes. A carefully composed group which illustrates Thomson's perfectionist approach to his craft: 'The accompanying group was taken in front of the ancient Cathedral (now a mosque) of St Sophia. A friendly-disposed crowd of spectators had gathered round the mosque to witness the process of photographing the exterior of the building, and while the pious moslems held themselves aloof, a large number of native Greeks volunteered to sit for their portraits; those selected were deemed fair specimens of the inhabitants of Nicosia.

The Turk in the distance was introduced into the picture accidentally. He was leaving the mosque, and, as he halted for a second to view the proceedings, was unconsciously portrayed. Two boys figure on the right, the sons of Negro parents, who not many years ago were slaves in a Turkish household' (Thomson 1879, vol.1, p.16).


  • Creation: 1878


Conditions Governing Access

From the File:

The volume is located at: RCS.Cob.18.121.

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Good condition.

Existence and Location of Copies

CN/CUL Y3018A/17.



Finding aid date

2003-04-29 15:34:43+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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