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'Othman Pascha, Generalgouverneur des H̱idjāz (1882–86)'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje and/or al-Sayyid ʻAbd al-Ghaffār [‎10r] (1/1)

The record is made up of 1 collotype print. It was created in 1885. It was written in German. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.

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Genre/Subject Matter:

This full-length length standing portrait, shows Othman Pascha, Governor General of the Hejaz (1882–86).

Othman Pascha faces left, standing upon a richly patterned carpet. He wears a dark-coloured fez and ceremonial robes, featuring a mirrored paisley ( boteh ) pattern at the lower hem and each sleeve, as well as a sash. His left hand grips the pommel of a sword which is held against his body by a sword strap of plaited material.

Three circular badges are suspended from a bar on the left of his robe. Below these a more elaborate stelliform badge is also worn.

The negative has had hand-work applied, causing the image to take on a soft-shaded paint-like quality in places. In particular the original background has been substituted completely.

Temporal Context:

The photograph was taken between 11 June 1885 and 19 September 1885, according to Durkje van der Wal in his publication Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje: The First Western Photographer in Mecca, 1884-1885 , Amsterdam : Manfred & Hanna Heiting Fund, Rijksmuseum, 2011, p. 27. This attribution is based on unpublished correspondence in the Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje Archive, University of Leiden Library.

Inscriptions:

Printed above image, in ink:

VIII

Printed beneath image, in ink:

‘Othman Pascha, Generalgouverneur des H̱idjāz (1882–86).’

A circular 'British Museum' blind stamp is located in the lower right corner.

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1 collotype print
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Dimensions:

248 x 184 mm

Format:

1 collotype print

Condition:

The print is in good condition with some minor surface scratching and bowing.

Foliation:

‘VIII’

Written in
German in Latin script
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'Othman Pascha, Generalgouverneur des H̱idjāz (1882–86)'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje and/or al-Sayyid ʻAbd al-Ghaffār [‎10r] (1/1), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, 1781.b.6/8, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023627936.0x000022> [accessed 15 November 2018]

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