Felix Bonfils Photographs
Portions of this collection are digitized

Summary
Collection ID:
FSA.A1997.03
Creators:
Bonfils, FĂ©lix, 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.

Administration
Custodial History
Purchased, May 1997.

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.

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