Photograph album of a British Military Officer in Egypt during the First World War and in Europe in the 1920's [sic]
[cover title]Cairo, Egypt, Italy, Switzerland: 1915-26 Stock Code: 135761
NotesAppealing personal album of a British resident in Cairo during World War I and soon after, perhaps a military or diplomatic officer, or businessman. The album opens with an excellent sequence of eight images, offering a bird's-eye view shot from a balcony of the march past of troops before they left for Gallipoli, "Generals Sir John Maxwell and Sir Ian Hamilton take the salute". A cyclist unit, cavalry, machine guns, light guns, "The generals ride away into the crowd". From the same period are images of Australian troops passing Heliopolis, Maori soldiers at Zeitoun, a Red Cross train "bringing Australian wounded to Heliopolis Palace Hotel Hospital", "Maoris about to dance", views of the Australian Cam pat Tel el Kebir, and a portrait of Sir Harry Chauvel. There are a number of fascinating aerial images of developing modern suburb of Heliopolis, five of them from around the period of the War, and another 5, in a larger format (165 x 230 mm), perhaps from the early 20s, one with an excellent view of Baron Empain's palace and those of Sultana Melek Tourhan and Prince Ibrahim Halim. Annotation to one images show that the compiler's office stood close to the Palace Hotel, facing its gardens, and another that their house was a quite grand villa in Heliopolis Style, standing in tis own gardens. In all 41 of the mounted images and 2 of the loose relate to Egypt, the rest are of various European locations and evidently record the compiler's various holidays in the Alps and on the Mediterranean, the dates indicating that perhaps he was in business or the diplomatic or political service rather than military. The sort of milieu in which they moved is suggested by the presence of 3 mounted menus and a musical programme for grand banquets hosted by King Fuad. An evocative collection of images.
Folio (245 x 175 mm). Quarter dark blue morocco-grained roan, album, oatmeal buckram boards, recent patch label lettered as above to the front board.
77 original, largely personal, photographs, various formats - mostly around 90 x 120 mm - mounted on 27 stiff grey card leaves, 8 loosely inserted, 4 mounted ephemera, captions throughout in white ink.
A little rubbed, boards spotted, one leaf loose, but the photographs in excellent condition, overall very good.
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