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Saturday, 16 March 2013

Procession

I have an unidentified procession taking place in Alexandria for this week's Sepia Saturday. The board-mounted image comes from the same group of photographs as this one, dated 1894. It's larger than a cabinet card and measures 125mm wide by 192mm high.
I found a couple of other examples of the photographer's work here and here and some information about him here, but I've no idea who is in the carriage or why they're in a procession.

More intriguing images over at Sepia Saturday

8 comments:

Mike Brubaker said...

That's a royal for sure. Compare the man dressed in white in the carriage to Tewfik Pasha, Khedive of Egypt and Sudan between 1879 and 1892,

Picture here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_Tawfiq_Pasha

Looks much like Egypt today!

Wibbo said...

Mike, it could well be him, or even his successor who sported less facial hair:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbas_II_of_Egypt

Thanks for the link!

Brett Payne said...

There was quite a substantial European expatriate population in Alexandria in the 1890s and early 1900s, which explians what sounds like German name of the photographer. My vote is that he's the less hirsute Abbas II Khedive of Egypt, but if that's his wife in the carriage with him, then it must be in 1895. Perhaps it's even the occasion of their wedding, on the journey to their home, the Montaza Palace near Alexandria?

Liz Needle said...

Interesting photo. I wonder what the occasion was - it certainly drew a crowd.

Alan Burnett said...

That is a fascinating card. What strikes me is the focus on an event rather than a portrait of a particular person which, I would imagine, is quite unusual for the time.

Bob Scotney said...

The flag certainly belongs to the Muhammad Ali Dynasty.

Wendy said...

One packed street, for sure!

Karen S. said...

Something important is going on!