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'Vierte Ansicht der Stadt Mekka'. Photographer: al-Sayyid ʻAbd al-Ghaffār [‎5r] (1/1)

The record is made up of 1 collotype print. It was created in 1886-1889. It was written in Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: Visual Arts.

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This image shows the city of Mecca from an elevated position due east of the Masjid al-Haram, or Grand Mosque. Parts of the city due north of the Masjid al-Haram are visible in the middleground.

A large two-storey, fortified building is situated immediately below the horizon on the foothills of the northern ridge, to the far left of the image: this is the same building noted in X463/4.

A sloping bank of scree make up the lower right foreground and middleground, while in the distant background a chain of hills is visible.

This is the fourth of four photographs taken from the same vantage point, which form a panoramic view over the city of Mecca. The first, second and third are X463/2, X463/3 and X463/4 respectively.

The negative has had hand-work applied, creating a drawing-like quality in places.

Inscriptions

Above image, on the right, in ink: ‘V’

Lower centre and upper centre: illegible, partially erased Arabic script

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1 collotype print
Physical characteristics

Dimensions:

189 x 243 mm

Format:

Collotype print, pasted into volume

Condition:

The print is in good condition with minor surface dirt and light abrasions, though no surface losses in the lower right of centre.

Foliation:

‘V’

Process:

Collotype

Written in
Arabic in Arabic script
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'Vierte Ansicht der Stadt Mekka'. Photographer: al-Sayyid ʻAbd al-Ghaffār [‎5r] (1/1), British Library: Visual Arts, X463/5, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023510750.0x00001d> [accessed 5 March 2024]

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