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Aden, Yemen

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Four large photographs with German titles depicting Aden in the late 19th century

 

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Aden

Two albumen prints originally affixed to two cardboard mounts and joined together, contemporary manuscript title in ink in the lower margin, card: 36 x 66 cm / 14.2 x 26 inches, image: 20 x 52 cm / 8 x 20.5 inches (joined), (minor foxing, but overall in a good condition).

 

Aden

Albumen print originally affixed to a cardboard mount, contemporary manuscript title in ink in the lower margin, card: 33 x 43 cm / 13 x 17 inches, image: 22 x 28 cm / 8.6 x 11 inches (minor foxing, but overall in a good condition).

 

Caravane Aden

Albumen print originally affixed to a cardboard mount, contemporary manuscript title in ink in the lower margin, card: 33 x 43 cm / 13 x 17 inches, image: 22 x 28 cm / 8.6 x 11 inches (minor foxing, but overall in a good condition).

 

Wasser Behälter bei Aden

Albumen print originally affixed to a cardboard mount, contemporary manuscript title in ink in the lower margin, card: 33 x 43 cm / 13 x 17 inches, image: 22 x 28 cm / 8.6 x 11 inches (minor foxing, but overall in a good condition).

 

Four large photograph showcase Aden in Yemen, the camel market in the city and the Tawila Tanks, an ancient construction of the water canals and basins, restored in 1857 by the British. The photos can be probably dated in the last two decades of the 19th century.

Similar photographs appear in the on-line sources of the Akkasah Collection, Center for Photography, in Abu Dhabi. The large view of the port, printed on two sheets, is developed from the same plates as two unjoined views at the Akkasah collection (nyuad_pa000005_n000003 and nyuad_pa000005_n000001), dated between circa 1860-1880, and the photograph of the camel market matches the one from the Hisham Khatib  Collection (REFERENCE ID: ref242, Hisham Khatib Collection, Akkasah: Center for Photography and Yasser Alwan – NYU Abu Dhabi | A panoramic view of camels in front of buildings and mountains.), dated between 1870 and 1900. Our Tawila Tanks view is somehow younger as the two views from the Akkasah on-line collection (nyuad_pa000005_n000011 & Hisham Khatib Collection, ref240), as the bushes on the plateau already covered a wooden shed. The one sheet view of Aden from our series does not appear in the Akkasah collection.

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