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PREZIOSI, Amadeo, Circle of.

View on the Bosphorus

View on the Nusretiye Mosque from the Bosphorus

Stock Code
97946
£2,750

A frequently used viewpoint, afloat on the Bosphorus, the life blood of the city, with small boats and local people going about their daily business in the foreground. T his view depicts the Nusretiye Mosque, meaning the Mosque of Victory, newly built between 1823 and 1826 as part of the redevelopment of the Tophane artillery barracks by Mahmut II in celebration of his expulsion of the traditional, but rebellious, Janissary guard in favour of more western-style troops. It is located in the Tophane district of Beyoglu, in Istanbul, and was designed in a style fusing western baroque with eastern Islamic architecture, which so typifies the crossroads that is Istanbul, by Krikor Balyan (1764-1831), the first of a dynasty of nine architects from the Armenian Balyan family to serve the royal household through the 19th century.

A native of Malta, Preziosi first visited Istanbul in 1842, and depicting the city and its

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Watercolour with gouache over pencil and ink on grey wove paper, 25 x 35 cm. (9 7/8 x 13 3/4 in).

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