Bibliothèque Nationale du Luxembourg

Bibliothèque Nationale du Luxembourg


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Views of Luxembourg and the “Orient” Francis Frith and Victorian Photography


Francis Frith (1822-1898) gained enormous fame in Great Britain during the mid-19th century, thanks to the photos he brought back from his three trips to the Orient between 1856 and 1860. Egyptomania had gripped Victorian society, the excavation of archaeological sites aroused great interest and in 1854, the public flocked to see the Egyptian Court at the Crystal Palace in Sydenham.
Au Luxembourg, « un anglais du nom de Simpson, qui travaille pour Francis Frith, prend onze vues de la capitale. On retrouve ces vues collées dans des livres illustrés mis en vente sous le titre Frith’s photographs, sans mention du nom de l’auteur des clichés. L’imprimeur-libraire luxembourgeois Pierre Bruck, les acquiert à son tour pour les vendre ensuite [soit] à l’unité, montées ou non sur carton Bristol, sous 3 formats différents, soit réunies dans un album, toujours sans indication du nom du photographe.»
Francis Frith (1822-1898) gained enormous fame in Great Britain during the mid-19th century, thanks to the photos he brought back from his three trips to the Orient between 1856 and 1860. Egyptomania had gripped Victorian society, the excavation of archaeological sites aroused great interest and in 1854, the public flocked to see the Egyptian Court at the Crystal Palace in Sydenham. In Luxembourg, “an Englishman named Simpson, who works for Francis Frith, takes eleven views of the capital. These views can be found pasted in illustrated books sold under the title Frith’s photographs, without mentioning the name of the author of the photographs. The Luxembourg printer-bookseller Pierre Bruck, in turn, acquires them and then sells them [either] individually, mounted or not on Bristol cardboard, in three different formats, or together in an album, always without indicating the name of the photographer.