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'Zanzibar'. Photographer: Sir John Kirk [‎55r] (1/1)

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The record is made up of 1 b&w panoramic image made up of 5 joined albumen Method of printing photographs using an emulsion of salt and egg white. prints. It was created in 1875. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: Visual Arts.

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This panoramic view of the waterfront in Zanzibar is composed of five joined albumen Method of printing photographs using an emulsion of salt and egg white. prints. Taken from an elevated position, this view looks out onto the harbour, with the dhow fleet at anchor from centre to right of the image and several British naval vessels at left.

In the middle- and foreground to the right stone-built fortifications enclose an area occupied by palm-frond and wooden structures. At far right and far left flag-staffs may indicate the presence of British colonial buildings.

Immediately right of centre three cannon point out to sea from the quayside. Several flat-roofed buildings occupy the foreground at the centre of the image while at left of centre a large warehouse-like structure dominates the middle-ground. At far left stands a white-washed, crenellated building.

The image is captioned, dated and signed in pencil on the reverse of the leftmost image by Sir John Kirk, who was British Consul General in Zanzibar at this time.

Inscriptions:

Verso The back of a paper sheet or leaf. , in pencil: 'Zanzibar 1875 - J Kirk'

Below image, in pen: 'Zanzibar'

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1 b&w panoramic image made up of 5 joined albumen Method of printing photographs using an emulsion of salt and egg white. prints
Physical characteristics

Dimensions:

126 x 985 mm

[R‒L: 126 x 204 mm; 126 x 191 mm; 126 x 176 mm; 126 x 201 mm; 126 x 204 mm]

Format:

Albumen Method of printing photographs using an emulsion of salt and egg white. print on paper, backed and jointed with linen

Condition:

The prints are in good condition with minor surface dirt throughout. The furthermost print on the right is stained heavily in the sky area, likely due to the influence of the paste underneath. The furthermost print to the left is severely creased, particularly at left. The print second from left is heavily toned in the left of the image. All other images are also creased, near or at the joints.

Foliation:

‘120’

Process:

Albumen Method of printing photographs using an emulsion of salt and egg white. print

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English in Latin script
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'Zanzibar'. Photographer: Sir John Kirk [‎55r] (1/1), British Library: Visual Arts, Photo 355/1/120, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023617660.0x000012> [accessed 15 November 2018]

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