Souvenirs d'Egypte, 1862

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Souvenirs d'Egypte, 1862
Date (inclusive): 1862?


Possible date of production from cover; Hammerschmidt worked in Egypt between 1860 and 1869.
Identifier/Call Number: **TR16.8.H183s
Creator: Hammerschmidt, W., d. 1869, photographer.
Physical Description: 1 album (54 photographic prints) : albumen silver, 38 x 47 cm (album)

Photographs (24 x 32 cm) are mounted on rectos of leaves of heavy white card stock; photographer's name and stock number stamped in lower left or right corner of each photo; identifying captions in French printed below.

Bound in black cloth covers, with gold-stamped title "Souvenirs d'Egypte 1862;" gold-stamped spine title "souvenirs d'Egypte."

Spec. Coll. copy: name of former owner, "Ernest Godard," French physician and anthropologist, who died in Jerusalem in 1862, stamped in gold in lower left corner. In modern beige cloth clamshell box, with box title "Hammerschmidt. Souvenirs d'Egypte."
Abstract: Album of photographs of Egypt by W. Hammerschmidt, bearing binder's date of 1862.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Forms part of the Boni Collection, gift of Albert Boni.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Souvenirs d'Egypte, 1862 (Call Number **TR16.8.H183s). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 1569393 


Professional photographer, born in Berlin, Germany, active in Egypt between 1860 and 1869, where he maintained a studio, selling photographs, and photographic equipment, and supplies. He exhibited his photographs of Egypt at the Société Française de Photographie in 1861 and 1863, and at the Exposition Universelle in 1867. Cf. Focus East: early photography in the Near East (1839-1885) / by Nissan N. Perez. New York: Abrams, c1988, p. 174; and the Encyclopedia of nineteenth-century photography / John Hannavy, ed. London: Routledge, 2007, v. 1, p. 633, available online.

Scope and Content

Hammerschmidt's albumen silver prints, printed using a collodion glass negative, document the great mosques, temples, tombs, and other archaeological sites of Egypt, especially in Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, Aswan, and Abu Simbel. Photos of Alexandria include views of the Place des Consuls, and Pompey's Pillar. In Cairo, there are many photos of the Citadel, and the Mosque of Muhammed Ali, as well as the area around the Citadel, including the striped facades of mosques and minarets. The album contains views of many of the antiquities sites, such as Dandara, the temples of Luxor viewed from the Nile, the massive columns of the temple at Karnak, the temple of Ramses III at Medina Habu, and the temple pylons at Idfu and Philae. In Aswan, feluccas, or traditional Egyptian sailboats, line the riverbank at Aswan, and there is also a view of Elephantine Island in the Nile. The album concludes with the Great Temple of Abu Simbel near the southern border with Sudan.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


Temple of Ramses III (Medinet Habu Site, Egypt) --Photographs.
Ramesseum (Thebes, Egypt) --Photographs.
Great Temple (Abū Sunbul, Egypt) --Photographs.
Mosques --Egypt --Cairo --Photographs.
Minarets --Egypt --Cairo --Photographs.
Temples, Egyptian --Egypt --Photographs.
Obelisks --Egypt --Photographs.
Islamic architecture --Egypt --Cairo --Photographs.
Egypt --Photographs.
Cairo (Egypt) --Photographs.
Alexandria (Egypt) --Photographs.
Luxor (Egypt) --Photographs.
Karnak (Egypt) --Photographs.
Aswān (Egypt) --Photographs.
Philae (Egypt) --Photographs.
Idfū (Egypt) --Photographs.
Citadel (Cairo, Egypt) --Photographs.
Egypt --Antiquities --Photographs.

Genres and Forms of Material

Photographic prints --Egypt --1862.
Photograph albums --Egypt --1862.
Albumen prints --Egypt --1862.
Architectural photographs --Egypt --1862.

Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

Godard, Ernest, d. 1862, former owner.

Related Material

Additional information available at the University of Washington University Libraries website, where 11 Hammerschmidt photos can be viewed in the International Collections Database at   See also Monuments de l'Egypte ancienne et moderne, another album of Hammerschmidt photographs of Egypt, in the Photograph Album Collection at UCLA (Collection 94).
Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94)   in UCLA Library Special Collections.