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Persian Pictures

Gertrude Bell, with an Introduction by Liora Lukitz
 

Persian Pictures

A brilliant, vivid and impressionistic series of sketches formed during Gertrude Bell’s 1892 stay in Persia.

Imprint: Anthem Press
Paperback
ISBN 9781843311690
May 2005 | 136 Pages | 198 x 140mm / 7.8 x 5.5 | 20+ halftone photographs
 
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9781843311690

About This Book

'Her remarkable intellectual abilities and masculine demeanour make 'Persian Pictures', her first publication on an Eastern subject , all the more interesting.' —Geoffrey Nash

This brilliant, vivid and impressionistic series of sketches, formed during her 1892 stay in Persia, is Gertrude Bell's first published work. Infused with a distinctive orientalism, 'Persian Pictures' is an evocative, virtuosic meditation, moving sinuously between Persia's heroic, complex, mythical past and its present decline; the public face of Tehran and the otherworldly 'secret, mysterious life of the East', the lives of its women, its enclosed, quasi-medieval gardens; from the bustling cities to the lonely wastelands of Khorasan. Bell's documentation of Muharram – the month of mourning for Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed – and Ramadan, display a mind finely attuned to the differences and similarities between Islam and Christianity, East and West. 'Persian Pictures' is both travelogue and meditation, an elegiac and beautifully observed account of a spellbinding land.

Readership: A must read for students of Bell, the nineteenth century, travel writing and the Middle East.

Author Information

As a scholar, historian, linguist, archaeologist, photographer, secret service agent and traveller, (1868–1926), Gertrude Bell was a hugely significant figure of her time. Her early travels were made in Europe and Persia; she made two round-the-world trips (1897–98 and 1902–03). She was instrumental in creating the new state of Iraq and as Honorary Director of Antiquities in Iraq, she established the Iraq Museum in Baghdad.

Dr Liora Lukitz has for several years been a research fellow at the Centre for Middle East Studies at Harvard University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations; Introduction; Preface; 1. An Eastern City; 2. The Tower of Silence; 3. In Praise of Gardens; 4. The King of Merchants; 5. The Imam Hussein; 6. The Shadow of Death; 7. Dwellers in Tents; 8. Three Noble Ladies; 9. The Treasure of the King; 10. Sheikh Hassan; 11. A Persian Host; 12. A Stage and a Half; 13. A Bridle-Path; 14. Two Palaces; 15. The Month of Fasting; 16. Requiescant in Pace; 17. The City of King Prusias; 18. Shops and Shopkeepers; 19. A Murray of the First Century; 20. Travelling Companions