Cairo to Constantinople: Francis Bedford’s Photographs of the Middle East.

Gordon, Sophie / Badr El-Hage/ John McCarthy & Alessandro Nasini.

Book ID: 8050

ISBN:      9781905686186


Oblong 4to. ( 279 x 260 mm), 256 pp. profusely illustrated in b/w & some colour photographs, 1 map, cloth in d/w, biblio. index, family tree, The Royal Collection Trust, 2013.


In the spring of 1862, Queen Victoria commissioned the leading British photographer Francis Bedford to accompany her son and heir, the future King Edward VII, on an ambitious journey across the Middle East. This beautifully illustrated book traces their tour throughout Malta, Egypt, Palestine, Turkey, and Greece alongside excerpts from Prince Edward’s diary and other newly discovered archival material, published here for the first time. Over the course of several months, Bedford produced more than two hundred negatives, including images of architecture and stunning landscapes. He was the first photographer granted permission to photograph sacred sites in Jerusalem. Bedford also captured many photographs of the people he encountered on the tour, both locals and members of the royal party. “Cairo to Constantinople” is the first book to focus on the photographs taken during Prince Edward’s travels in the Middle East.

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