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'Mathra Bay' [‎2-b] (1/1)

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The record is made up of 1 b&w silver gelatin Principal photographic process for black & white photography from the 1870s. print. It was created in Jan 1918. It was written in English. 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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This scene, taken from on board ship, shows the coastline at Mathra Bay, Muscat.

Two high outcrops of rock can be seen in the centre of the image; a fortified structure stands on the highest point on the left outcrop. Immediately below this, just below the horizon line, a small flat-bottomed boat carrying a number of figures can be seen. The figure at the stern has his arms raised before him while those two at the stern are clearly rowing.

On the right, also along the horizon line, built structures of a settlement can be seen, with five lateen-rigged dhows at anchor.

Damaged film, printing error or a light leak has caused a very slight band, most discernible in the centre edge of the left of the image. Graphite pencil appears to have been applied to the print over this area.

Inscriptions:

Lower left, below image, in pen: ‘Mathra Bay.’

Upper left, above image, in pencil, crossed-out: ‘b’

Lower right, alongside image, in pencil: ‘4’

Lower right, below image, in pen: ‘ (Jan. 1918)’

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1 b&w silver gelatin Principal photographic process for black & white photography from the 1870s. print
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Dimensions:

70 x 95 mm

Condition:

The image is in good condition.

Foliation:

'b'; '4'

Process:

Silver gelatin Principal photographic process for black & white photography from the 1870s. print

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English in Latin script
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'Mathra Bay' [‎2-b] (1/1), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, Photo 496/6/4, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023814039.0x00000c> [accessed 26 February 2020]

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