Felix Bonfils Photographs
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Summary
Collection ID:
FSA.A1997.03
Creators:
Bonfils, Félix, 1831-1885
Bonfils, Lydie, 1837-1918
Dates:
undated
Languages:
Undetermined
Physical Description:
15 Prints
albumen
22.5 x 28.5 cm sheets.
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Panoramic view in 360 degrees of Constantinople, now Istanbul, Turkey, circa 1870. 10 sheets of albumen print, of which five bear the photographer's signature and number.
Scope and Contents
Panoramic view of Damascus, Syria, circa 1870. 5 sheets of albumen print, all bearing the photographer's signature and number.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Organized in two flat boxes.
Arrangement
First Box: Panoramas of Constantinople
Arrangement
Second Box: Panoramas of Damascus

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Felix Bonfils was a French photographer who began his professional career as a bookbinder and printer, specializing in photoengravings. After visiting Lebanon as part of Napoleon III's expeditionary corps, in 1867 he became the first French photographer to settle in the Near East. With his wife Lydie, Bonfils established a studio, Maison Bonfils, in Beirut, then part of the Ottoman Empire. Known for his interest in architectural photography, Bonfils traveled widely in the Near East. His 1876 catalog is credited with introducing the genre of Near Eastern photographic portraiture.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
FSA A1997.03

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.

Custodial History
Custodial History
Purchased, May 1997.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Damascus (Syria) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Istanbul (Turkey) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Constantinople (Turkey) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Panoramas Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Albumen prints -- 1860-1880 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Turkey -- Istanbul Province -- Constantinople (Istanbul) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Syria -- Damascus -- Damascus Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
Washington, D.C. 20013
AVRreference@si.edu
https://www.freersackler.si.edu/research/archives/