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Photographs Album details for shelfmark Photo 430/7

Curzon Collection: Album of Armenian and Turkish views and portraits. 'George N. Curzon from H.F.B. Lynch, July 1895'.

Photographers: Henry Finnis Blosse Lynch.
Contents: 27 prints 97x148mm Collodio-chloride and platinum prints.
Provenance: 1976
Notes: Whole collection comprises Photo 430/1-89.
Subjects: Middle Eastern architecture - ethnic groups - Armenians
Description: Wooden box, 412x310mm, in the shape of an album with maroon full-leather covers. The dedication is stamped in gold on the front cover and the sides of the box are covered in gold leaf. The photographs are individually window mounted and stacked in the box. Each print has a handwritten inscription either on the front of the mount or inside. The photographs are topographical, ethnographical and architectural views in Armenia and Turkey.

Henry Finnis Blosse Lynch (1862-1913) was called to the Bar in 1887 and joined the firm of Lynch Brothers, eastern merchants, of which he later became senior partner. He travelled extensively in the Middle East, his first journey in 1889 taking him from Alexandretta to Diarbekir via Aleppo on horseback, thence down the Tigris on a raft to Baghdad. He inaugurated a new river service on the Karun River, operating under the British flag and travelled from the Karun across the Bakhtiari mountains to Isfahan, surveying a new trade into Persia which was opened by his firm in 1900, through the construction of a caravan road with suspension bridges. His second journey of 1893-94 took him to the Caucasus and Armenia, where he climbed Mt Ararat, surveyed the crater of Nimrud and, assisted by F. Oswald, mapped the country. He was later MP for Ripon 1906-10. His Armenian travels resulted in his book 'Armenia, Travels and Studies' (2 vols, 1901).



Album contents:-
Photo 430/7(1) Ararat: the whole fabric of Ararat from Erivan. Erivan in the foreground. Little Ararat on the left; in the centre Great Ararat, its summit enveloped in cloud. The summit of Great Ararat is about 35 miles off from where we are standing. 
Photo 430/7(2) Erivan: the lake in the court of the great Shiah mosque of Guek Jame. Shiahs performing their ablutions. NB fancy entering a Shiah mosque in Persia and photographing the pious over their ablutions! 
Photo 430/7(3) Erivan: the kiosque of the Sirdars. 
Photo 430/7(4) Etchmiadzin: old Armenian crosses built into the wall of the entrance portal of St Gaiane. 
Photo 430/7(5) Etchmiadzin: church of St Rhipsime. In many ways typical [of] an old Armenian church. To gain a clear idea of the form cut off the entrance portal which is an addition of the 18th century 
Photo 430/7(6) Etchmiadzin: the cathedral, said to have been built in 4th century. The dome by the Catholikors Comitas in 7th century. The entrance portal facing you & the cupola 17th century. 
Photo 430/7(7) Kars-Kagizman. A Russian Molokan peasant, Autumn 1893. 
Photo 430/7(8) Kars: the citadel of Kars, Autumn 1893. 
Photo 430/7(9) A Tatar of Russian Armenia, Autumn 1893. 
Photo 430/7(10) Ani: outer walls of the deserted city of Ani containing many most beautiful monuments. The seat of the Armenian Bagratian dynasty, AD 885-1045. Sacked by Alp Arslan in 1064. 
Photo 430/7(11) Ani: a characteristic scene. The Arpa river below you. 
Photo 430/7(12) Kagizman: Valley of the Araxes, Autumn 1893. 
Photo 430/7(13) Karakilissa (plain of Alashkent) to lake Van: [Portrait of] Youssuf Beg chief of Sipkanli Kurds, taken at village of Köshk, Autumn 1893. 
Photo 430/7(14) Karakilissa (plain of Alashkent) to lake Van: a Kurd in gala dress at village of Köshk (Sipkanli Kurds). The outskirts of his subterranean village in the background, Autumn 1893. 
Photo 430/7(15) Plain of Mush: an Armenian village notable, November 1893. 
Photo 430/7(16) Ruins of Arjish [Ercis] on lake Van: taken Autumn 1893. 
Photo 430/7(17) Plain of Mush: a Kurdish girl, November 1893. 
Photo 430/7(18) Van: a cuneiform inscription. 
Photo 430/7(19) Van: rock of Van, taken November 1893. 
Photo 430/7(20) Van: The lake of Van with mount Sipan in the distance some forty miles away. In the foreground the gardens of Arternid on the SE shore of the lake, November 1893. 
Photo 430/7(21) Van: interior of the ruined mosque of Ouli Jame containing some beautiful Saracenic friezes now rapidly falling into ruin, taken November 1893. 
Photo 430/7(22) Van: detail of the frieze in Ouli Jame. 
Photo 430/7(23) Armenian highland: a typical Armenian village. Plain of Mush: Armenian village of Khash-Keni. In the background is the outline of Taurus, the ranges which lead down from the highland of Armenia to the Mesopotamian plateau, Autumn 1893. 
Photo 430/7(24) Mush: the monastery of Surp Garabed (Changeli). Above Mush plain. Altitude circa 6000 ft. 
Photo 430/7(25) Armenian Highland: a typical scene. Mush-Erzerum: a typical scene on the Armenian plateau showing the plain of Pasin and the mountains which border it on either side and which are of the nature of cliffs, flat at the top and with extensive table surface. 
Photo 430/7(26) Erzerum: an Armenian lady in her national costume. 
Photo 430/7(27) Erzerum: five generations of an Armenian family all living together in one house. 


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