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Six Photographic Prints by Francis Frith

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At A Glance

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  • Creator

    Frith, Francis
  • Dates

  • Physical Description

    6 Prints (albumen, tipped into album leaves with printed captions on verso)
  • Collection ID


  • Scope and Contents

    6 albumen prints, dated 1857 on the negative and on the album page, of Egyptian antiquities and the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. All are from a disassembled copy of Frith's publication, "Egypt and Palestine. Photographed and Described by Francis Frith. in Two Volumes" Photograph titles are: Rock Tombs and Belzoni's Pyramid, Gizeh; The Granite Pylon, Thebes; Colossi and Sphynx at Wady Saboua, Nubia; Façade of the Great Temple at Abou Simbel; Jerusalem, From the Mount of Olives, No. 1; Jerusalem, From the Mount of Olives, No. 2.
  • Biographical / Historical

    Francis Frith (1822-1898) was one of the pre-eminent travel photographers of his day, contributing greatly to the popularization of travel photography. He also founded Frith & Co., a specialty printing and publishing firm largely devoted to travel photography in a variety of formats, including souvenir postcards and individual prints of scenic views. By employing a team of photographers to supply images for his inventory and purchasing the rights to interesting photos from other photographers and publishing them under the studio's name, Frith soon amassed the largest collection of its kind, with a catalog than ran to almost 700 pages.
  • Local Numbers

    FSA A2016.02
  • Creator

    Frith, Francis
  • Place

    Thebes (Upper Egypt)
    Gizeh (Egypt)
  • Topic

  • Container

    Box 1
  • Custodial History

    Purchased, 2016.
  • Archival Repository

    Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
  • Type

    Collection descriptions
    Archival materials
    Albumen prints
  • Citation

    Six Photographic Prints by Francis Frith, FSA A2016.02. National Museum of Asian Art Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • Arrangement

    One flat box.
  • Rights

    Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
  • Genre/Form

    Albumen prints
  • Restrictions

    Collection is open for research.

Repository Contact

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
National Museum of Asian Art Archives
Washington, D.C. 20013