Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Pascal Sébah views of Bursa
Date (inclusive): 1860-1875
1 linear foot
(16 photographic prints)
The Getty Research Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles 90049-1688
The collection of 16 photographs by
Pascal Sébah features views of the Turkish city of Bursa.
Language: Collection material is in French
Pascal Sébah opened his Constantinople (Istanbul) photography studio, which he later named
El Chark, in 1857. It became one of the most successful studios in the city. He subsequently
established a studio in Cairo in 1873. When Sébah suffered a brain hemorrage in 1883, his
brother Cosmi, already a photographer with his own business, and Sébah's sixteen year-old
son, Jean, took over the firm. Jean went into partnership with Policarpe Joaillier in 1888,
under the name Sébah and Joaillier, while Cosmi continued to run the old studio. Sébah and
Joaillier acquired the negatives of Abdullah frères in 1899. Later renamed Photo Sébah, the
firm remained in business until 1952.
Open for use by qualified researchers.
Pascal Sébah views of Bursa, 1860-1875, Getty Research Institute, Accession no.
Acquired in 2002.
Processed and cataloged by Beth Guynn; finding aid originally encoded by Holly Larson with
grant funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), and updated by
Guynn in 2020.
The collection was digitized by the repository in 2010 and the images are available
Scope and Content of Collection
Taken between 1865 and 1875, the sixteen albumen photographs in the collection depict views
of the Turkish city of Bursa and its monuments. Located across the sea of Marmara from
Istanbul, Bursa was the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. Included are six panoramic
views of the city and interior and exterior views of the Ulu Cami, Yesil and Murad I
mosques, the Yildirim Beyazit mosque and tomb, and the tombs of Cem Sultan, Mehmed I, and
Osman Bey. Also included is one photograph with the handwritten caption "Fontaine dans le
vieux palais du Serail," most likely by Abdullah frères.
The photographs are pasted on eight mounts, recto and verso. The mounts are numbered
sequentially on both sides from 191 to 206. The photographs appear to be part of a mock-up
for an illustrated book. For additional photographs bearing numbers sequential to those in
this collection see Special Collections accession no. 2004.R.44 (Views of Asia Minor).
Most of the photographs are captioned and numbered in the negative in French, and signed:
P. Sébah. Additional French captions, either handwritten or typeset, are pasted on the
mounts below the images. Titles are taken from the captions in the negatives, except where
Arranged in a single series: .
Series I. Pascal Sébah views of Bursa, 1860-1875
Subjects - Corporate Bodies
Subjects - Topics
Islamic sepulchral monuments -- Turkey -- Bursa
Sepulchral monuments -- Turkey -- Bursa
Mosques -- Turkey -- Bursa
Osman I, Sultan of the Turks, 1258-1326 -- Tomb
Cem, Prince, son of Mehmed II, Sultan of the Turks, 1459-1495 --
Mehmed II, Sultan of the Turks, 1432-1481 -- Tomb
Subjects - Places
Bursa (Turkey) -- Description and travel
Turkey -- Kings and rulers -- Tombs
Genres and Forms of Material
Albumen prints -- Turkey -- 19th century