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Cairo to Constantinople
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Francis Bedford was commissioned by Queen Victoria to accompany the future King Edward VII on his tour of the Middle East in spring 1862. This lavishly illustrated and beautifully produced book traces their route through Egypt, Palestine, Turkey and Greece, using Bedfords photographs alongside extracts from the Princes diary and other newly discovered archival material, published here for the first time. In often stifling heat, Bedford produced over 200 negatives, including images of architecture and stunning landscapes, as well as portraits of those he encountered on the tour both local inhabitants and members of the royal party.
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Sophie Gordon is senior curator of photographs in the Royal Collection and has published widely on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century photography. Badr El Hage is an independent photohistorian and a freelance writer and curator in the Middle East.

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"Francis Bedford followed in the footsteps of a generation of enterprising scenic artists who invested their watercolors with the perspective of romantic sensibility. . . . In a sumptuous new record of his work on the royal journey, the remoteness of Egypt and the once-named Holy Land is evident from the first."--Colin Thubron"New York Review of Books" (07/15/2013)

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