Views of Egypt, Palestine and Syria

Collection Data

Views of Egypt: Temple of Athor at Denderah: bas relief and hieroglyphs; columns with faces (?); 2 exterior views, one with figure; Temple of Typho at Denderah; Gizeh: figure standing on Sphinx; Pyramid of Chephren, other pyramids, left; Pyramid of Cheops (Great Pyramid); Karnak: Temple of Amenophis IV (Akhenaton) showing two sculptured figures, each partly destroyed; man at base of hieroglyph covered Ptolomaean portal of Temple of Ramses; Luxor: temple from west entrance; detail of obelisk in front of temple showing hieroglyphs, 2 men lower left; man in front of wall, obelisk and portal beyond; half-buried sculptured figures flank entrance, man, center; figure in portal of Temple of Midinet Abu; wall to left of portal showing base relief and hieroglyphs; Nile and Plain of Thebes, with mummified (?) remains in foreground. Views of Palestine: Church of the Nativity among the terraced hills, Bethlehem; stone buildings and walls, Bethany; Abraham's oak, Hebron; Joppa (Jaffa): burying ground, showing buildings, tents, camels, encampmemt; encampment outside gate of Joppa, people selling fruit (?), town beyond; Jeruselem: Golden Gate; exterior of Damascus Gate with figures near it; soldiers in interior of St. Stephen's Gate; Via Dolorosa from the west, looking up steep walk, Church of the Flagellation, left, orphan asylum and barracks, right; Pool of Hezekiah from the west, water in foreground, dome roof and minaret beyond; Mosque of Omar (Dome of the Rock) from the east; tombs of Zachariah and James built into mountainside; Pillar of Absalom; Tomb of the Virgin Mary. Views of Syria: Damascus: Mosque of suburb of el-Meidan near Cemetery showing minaret.
Bonfils, Félix, 1831-1885 (Photographer)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1867 - 1871 (Questionable)
Library locations
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection
Shelf locator: MFZ+ (Bonfils) 93-6261
Middle East
Egypt -- Antiquities & archaeological sites
Acquisition: Anonymous gift, 1981; Picture Collection transfer, 1986.
Statement of responsibility: Most signed and numbered in negative. Some signed twice, "F. Bonfils" and "Bonfils," each with a number, and the number under "F. Bonfils" has been made into 00. Titles taken from handwritten titles on back of mounts or photographs. Number that appears in negative (the one not made into 00) is entered in page number box.
Numbering: Views are numbered: 23, 32, 41-43, 41, 52, 55, 75-78, 81, 82, 84, 85, 87, 113, 123, 130, 136, 147, 153, 154, 161, 163, 165, 188, 232, 360.
Date: Date issued 1894.
Physical Description
Extent: 32 photographic prints : albumen, b&w ; 24 x 30 cm. or smaller
Pencilled captions in English, and occasionally in French, and negative numbers on verso. Accesion number written in Notes.
Albumen prints
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11755739
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): e7460070-c6c2-012f-a3f5-3c075448cc4b
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