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The Holy Land [i.e. Palestine], Egypt, Constantinople [i.e. Istanbul], Athens, etc. etc. 1865

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y30214D

Scope and Contents

Printed volume with text by W.M. Thomson illustrated with photographs taken by Francis Bedford. The photographs were taken whilst Bedford accompanied the Prince of Wales on his tour of the Middle East in 1862 and were published as an inexpensive alternative to Bedford (1863). The accompanying text in this volume is described as 'designedly of a popular character'.


  • Creation: 1865


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Biographical / Historical

Francis Bedford (1816-1894) was originally an artist and lithographer, particularly of architectural subjects. He took up photography in the 1850s. In 1853 he co-founded the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain. From 1853 until 1870 he exhibited extensively at the Photographic Society and at various exhibitions. He made extensive photographic tours of England and Wales and was chosen to accompany the Prince of Wales on his tour of the Middle East in 1862. In 1863, 172 of the photographs were exhibited, in large format, at the German Gallery in New Bond Street. From 1876 to 1883 Bedford had a studio at 326 Camden Road, London.


1 volume(s) (48 images in 1 volume)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The photographs are in generally fair condition, with some fading, but the pages are somewhat buckled and this has resulted in dust staining of margins.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by Mrs Fitzadam Ormiston in 1946.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection is available on microfiche: Middle East, fiche number 18-19.


The exhibited photographs of the 1862 tour were published in: Bedford, Francis (1863), 'Photographic pictures of the Egypt, the Holy Land and Syria, Constantinople, the Mediterranean, Athens, and c. taken during the tour in the East; in which, by command, Mr. F. Bedford accompanied H.R.H. the Prince of Wales', London: Day and Son. This volume's full reference is: Thompson, W.M. (1866), 'The Holy Land, Egypt, Constantinople, Athens, etc.', London.


This collection level description was entered by SG using information from the original typescript catalogue.


Bedford, Francis, 1816-1894, photographer

Includes index.
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