Jerusalem, from the Mount of Olives.
From his perspective on the Mount of Olives, Frith captured the walls of the ancient city with houses and buildings distinguishable within. The Dome of the Rock, can be seen on the upper left side, the Kidron Valley across the middle of the photograph.
Francis Frith (1822 – 1898) was a renowned photographer, who documented the Middle East as well as the many towns of his native England. He left his cutlery business in 1850 to establish a photographic studio in Liverpool, known as Frith & Hayward. In 1853 he became one of the founders of the Liverpool Photographic Society. Two years later Frith sold his companies and fully dedicated himself to photography. He journeyed to the Middle East on three occasions, the first of which was a trip to Egypt in 1856. Having returned to Surrey from his travels in 1859 he opened the firm of Francis Frith & Co, which became one of the most successful photographic studios of its time.
Firth used his images to produce impressive photographically illustrated books and also became very successful in selling individual photos commercially. 'Sinai and Palestine' which includes 37 photographic plates was released in 1862.
This image was included in an earlier album - 'Egypt, Sinai and Jerusalem: 20 photographic views', published in 1858.
Copy of this photograph is held in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Albumen print. Very good tonal range and in fine condition. Pasted on original card, photographer's credit and title printed on card; mounted. Photograph's dimensions: 370 x 480 mm, overall dimension: 650 x 760 mm.
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