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'Ausrufer und Mäkler (Djiddah)'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎26r-c] (1/1)

The record is made up of 1 collotype print. It was created in 1888. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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This full-length portrait shows a bearded man, described as a ‘crier and broker Often a local commercial agent in the Gulf who regularly performed duties of intelligence gathering and political representation. (Djiddah [Jeddah])’. He stands face forward, looking toward the camera, his mouth open as if in the act of calling out.

In his left hand the man holds one end of a long narrow cane. He wears a ring on the little finger of his left hand. In his right hand he carries an unidentifiable fist-sized object and from his left arm hang various items on cords as well as a chain of flat square shapes.

The man wears a dark-coloured, hooded outer robe over a white thawb , white trousers, a white turban and sandals. The straps of what may be a small bag are slung over his left shoulder.

The man is photographed in a courtyard-like space with plants – some in wide wooden pots – foliage and a window, fronted by bars, visible in the background.


Printed above image, in ink:


Printed beneath image, in ink:

‘Süssigkeitskrämer (Djiddah).’

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

Extent and format
1 collotype print
Physical characteristics


144 x 99 mm


1 collotype print


The print is in good condition.



Written in
German in Latin script
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'Ausrufer und Mäkler (Djiddah)'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎26r-c] (1/1), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, 1781.b.6/56, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 28 February 2024]

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