Mosque of Kohhanna, Constantinople, 1855 (c)

James Robertson

Mosque of Kohhanna, Constantinople, 1855 (c)
4 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 32cm

An Artillery park on the shores of the Bosphorus showing mortars, carriages, cannon and shells with the Mosque of Kohhanna in the background, 1855 (c).

Photograph by James Robertson, Crimean War, 1855 (c).

James Robertson was a coin engraver who in 1841 took up the
position of chief engraver to the Imperial Mint in Constantinople. In
the early 1850s he opened a photographic studio with his brotherin-
law Felice Beato and in 1853 an album of his photographic views
of Constantinople was published in London. In this photograph he shows the Turkish capital geared up for war, with a row of artillery pieces set against the evocative backdrop of a mosque on the shores of the Bosphorus. Robertson would later visit the Crimea and take photographs of Sevastopol after its capture.

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