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  • Biographical/Historical Note
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Pascal Sébah views of Bursa
    Date (inclusive): 1860-1875
    Number: 2002.R.42
    Creator/Collector: Sébah, Pascal, 1823-1886
    Physical Description: 1 linear foot (16 photographic prints)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles 90049-1688
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10020/askref
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: The collection of 16 photographs by Pascal Sébah features views of the Turkish city of Bursa.
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    Language: Collection material is in French

    Biographical/Historical Note

    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.

    Administrative Information


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    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Pascal Sébah views of Bursa, 1860-1875, Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 2002.R.42.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 2002.

    Processing History

    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.

    Digitized Material

    The collection was digitized by the repository in 2010 and the images are available online:

    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 noted.


    Arranged in a single series: . Series I. Pascal Sébah views of Bursa, 1860-1875

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Corporate Bodies

    Abdullah frères

    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 -- Tomb
    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


    Sébah, Pascal, 1823-1886