IRAQ - MESOPOTAMIA, ASHUR AND GERTRUDE BELL Album of 125 photographs (mostly gelatin silver prints on photo cards) relating to the German archaeological survey at Ashur, and Mesopotamia including a visit by Gertrude Bell, probably compiled by a member of the team, [c.1909-1911]

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IRAQ - MESOPOTAMIA, ASHUR AND GERTRUDE BELL
Album of 125 photographs (mostly gelatin silver prints on photo cards) relating to the German archaeological survey at Ashur, and Mesopotamia including a visit by Gertrude Bell, probably compiled by a member of the team, [c.1909-1911]

Sold for £ 10,687 (US$ 14,058) inc. premium
IRAQ - MESOPOTAMIA, ASHUR AND GERTRUDE BELL
Album of 125 photographs (mostly gelatin silver prints on photo cards) relating to the German archaeological survey at Ashur, and Mesopotamia including a visit by Gertrude Bell, probably compiled by a member of the team, approximately 25 with pencil annotations written in German on the verso (a few identifying the photographer as either Walter Bachmann, or Walter Bachmann), 3 inscribed in ink probably by the compiler of the collection (see footnote); and 7 others of Venice, all loose mounted in album, images approximately 90 x 140mm., [c.1909-1911]

Footnotes

  • Rare series of photographs taken by members of the Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft, during the German archaeological survey carried out at Ashur, the ancient capital of Assyria on the Tigris River, under the leadership of Walter Andrae. Images include identifiable members of the archaeological team (including Andrae, Conrad Preusser, Paul Maresch, Walter Hinrichs, and Walter Bachmann, the last two identified as photographers of some of the images), in formal and informal groups, on site, on horseback, wading through a river and with local dignitaries. These include Gertrude Bell, shown in four images (2 half-length seated outside; 2 with German colleagues), who visited Ashur in 1909 and 1911 witnessing the "cutting-edge excavations... [and] systems of archaeological recording... which would inform her own seminal work" (Paul Collins, Gertrude Bell and Iraq: A Life and Legacy, 2013). Other images includes views of archaeological sites, surrounding landscapes, and local inhabitants. It is probable that the collection was formed by a member of the German team (Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft), the as yet unidentified sitter in one portrait. This is inscribed "Der asketische Forscher" [the ascetic researcher]... Assur, 20. IV 1909" with a note to his sister, Anne Paul, in Cassel.
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IRAQ - MESOPOTAMIA, ASHUR AND GERTRUDE BELL Album of 125 photographs (mostly gelatin silver prints on photo cards) relating to the German archaeological survey at Ashur, and Mesopotamia including a visit by Gertrude Bell, probably compiled by a member of the team, [c.1909-1911]
IRAQ - MESOPOTAMIA, ASHUR AND GERTRUDE BELL Album of 125 photographs (mostly gelatin silver prints on photo cards) relating to the German archaeological survey at Ashur, and Mesopotamia including a visit by Gertrude Bell, probably compiled by a member of the team, [c.1909-1911]
IRAQ - MESOPOTAMIA, ASHUR AND GERTRUDE BELL Album of 125 photographs (mostly gelatin silver prints on photo cards) relating to the German archaeological survey at Ashur, and Mesopotamia including a visit by Gertrude Bell, probably compiled by a member of the team, [c.1909-1911]
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