Scope and Content
Title: Souvenirs d'Egypte, 1862
Date (inclusive): 1862?
Possible date of production from cover; Hammerschmidt worked in Egypt between 1860 and 1869.
Identifier/Call Number: **TR16.8.H183s
Hammerschmidt, W., d. 1869, photographer.
1 album (54 photographic prints) : albumen silver, 38 x 47 cm (album)
Photographs (24 x 32 cm) are mounted on rectos of leaves of heavy white card stock; photographer's name and stock number stamped
in lower left or right corner of each photo; identifying captions in French printed below.
Bound in black cloth covers, with gold-stamped title "Souvenirs d'Egypte 1862;" gold-stamped spine title "souvenirs d'Egypte."
Spec. Coll. copy: name of former owner, "Ernest Godard," French physician and anthropologist, who died in Jerusalem in 1862,
stamped in gold in lower left corner. In modern beige cloth clamshell box, with box title "Hammerschmidt. Souvenirs d'Egypte."
Abstract: Album of photographs of Egypt by W. Hammerschmidt, bearing binder's date of 1862.
Language: Finding aid is written in
Language of the Material:
Materials are in English.
University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections
for paging information.
Restrictions on Access
Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library
Special Collections for paging information.
Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the
creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright
owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Provenance/Source of Acquisition
Forms part of the Boni Collection, gift of Albert Boni.
[Identification of item], Souvenirs d'Egypte, 1862 (Call Number **TR16.8.H183s). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles
E. Young Research Library, UCLA.
Professional photographer, born in Berlin, Germany, active in Egypt between 1860 and 1869, where he maintained a studio, selling
photographs, and photographic equipment, and supplies. He exhibited his photographs of Egypt at the Société Française de Photographie
in 1861 and 1863, and at the Exposition Universelle in 1867. Cf. Focus East: early photography in the Near East (1839-1885)
/ by Nissan N. Perez. New York: Abrams, c1988, p. 174; and the Encyclopedia of nineteenth-century photography / John Hannavy,
ed. London: Routledge, 2007, v. 1, p. 633, available online.
Scope and Content
Hammerschmidt's albumen silver prints, printed using a collodion glass negative, document the great mosques, temples, tombs,
and other archaeological sites of Egypt, especially in Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, Aswan, and Abu Simbel. Photos of Alexandria
include views of the Place des Consuls, and Pompey's Pillar. In Cairo, there are many photos of the Citadel, and the Mosque
of Muhammed Ali, as well as the area around the Citadel, including the striped facades of mosques and minarets. The album
contains views of many of the antiquities sites, such as Dandara, the temples of Luxor viewed from the Nile, the massive columns
of the temple at Karnak, the temple of Ramses III at Medina Habu, and the temple pylons at Idfu and Philae. In Aswan, feluccas,
or traditional Egyptian sailboats, line the riverbank at Aswan, and there is also a view of Elephantine Island in the Nile.
The album concludes with the Great Temple of Abu Simbel near the southern border with Sudan.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Temple of Ramses III (Medinet Habu Site, Egypt) --Photographs.
Ramesseum (Thebes, Egypt) --Photographs.
Great Temple (Abū Sunbul, Egypt) --Photographs.
Mosques --Egypt --Cairo --Photographs.
Minarets --Egypt --Cairo --Photographs.
Temples, Egyptian --Egypt --Photographs.
Obelisks --Egypt --Photographs.
Islamic architecture --Egypt --Cairo --Photographs.
Cairo (Egypt) --Photographs.
Alexandria (Egypt) --Photographs.
Luxor (Egypt) --Photographs.
Karnak (Egypt) --Photographs.
Aswān (Egypt) --Photographs.
Philae (Egypt) --Photographs.
Idfū (Egypt) --Photographs.
Citadel (Cairo, Egypt) --Photographs.
Egypt --Antiquities --Photographs.
Genres and Forms of Material
Photographic prints --Egypt --1862.
Photograph albums --Egypt --1862.
Albumen prints --Egypt --1862.
Architectural photographs --Egypt --1862.
Other Index Terms Related to this Collection
Godard, Ernest, d. 1862, former owner.
Additional information available at the University of Washington University Libraries website, where 11 Hammerschmidt photos
can be viewed in the International Collections Database at
See also Monuments de l'Egypte ancienne et moderne, another album of Hammerschmidt photographs of Egypt, in the Photograph
Album Collection at UCLA (Collection 94).