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Cairo to Constantinople

Francis Bedford's Photographs of the Middle East

Sophie Gordon

With contributions by John McCarthy, Alessandro Nasini and Badr El Hage

256 pages

A sumptuous new record of [Francis Bedford’s] work on the royal journey.

Colin Thubron, The New York Review of Books

Cover for Cairo to Constantinople©

Hardback, 260 × 280 mm, Over 220 colour illustrations
ISBN 978 1 905686 18 6

In 1862 the leading British photographer Francis Bedford was commissioned by Queen Victoria to accompany her son and heir, the future King Edward VII, on an ambitious journey around the Middle East.

Using the photographs Bedford took alongside extracts from the Prince’s journal and other archival material, this beautifully illustrated book documents that journey.

Sophie Gordon is Head of Photographs, Royal Collection Trust and has published widely on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century photography. Recent publications include Roger Fenton • Julia Margaret Cameron: Early British Photographs from the Royal Collection and The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography

John McCarthy is a journalist, writer and broadcaster. He has worked all over the world but much of his broadcasting and writing is focused on the Middle East.

Badr El Hage has been an independent photohistorian for many years. He has worked as a freelance writer and curator in the Middle East.

Alessandro Nasini is Curator of Photogrpahs, Royal Collection Trust.

Cairo to Constantinople
In 1862 photographer Francis Bedford accompanied the heir to the throne on a journey around the Middle East

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