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Album of Turkish Costume Paintings

Collection Data

The drawings depict Mahmud II, members of the Ottoman court and officers of the Imperial household, from the grand vizir to valet de chambre; costumes of various vendors, merchants, army officers and religious persons; costumes of peasants from the Balkans and other areas of the Ottoman Empire. Plate 40 depicts a Janizary in service to European ministers smoking a long pipe. Probably executed between 1808 (beginning of the reign of Mahmud II) and 1826 (disbanding of the Janizaries), in Istanbul.
Mahmud II, Sultan of the Turks, 1784-1839 (Patron)
Alexander III, Emperor of Russia, 1845-1894 (Former owner)
Sharapenko, Grigoriĭ (Inscriber)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1808 - 1826 (Approximate)
Place: Istanbul?
Library locations
George Arents Collection
Shelf locator: Arents 96-355
Clothing and dress -- Turkey -- 19th century
Costume -- Turkey
Costume -- Albania
Costume -- Armenia
Costume -- Bulgaria
Costume -- Greece
Janizaries -- Clothing
Turkey -- Court and courtiers -- Clothing
Women -- Turkey -- Clothing and dress
Content: Titles in French below paintings; shorter titles in Italian and Russian on verso.
Citation/reference: Schmitz, B. Islamic manuscripts in the New York Public Library, IV.10; Davis, R.H. A dark mirror: Romanov and Imperial Palace library materials in the holdings of the New York Public Library, 40
Physical Description
Extent: 1 album (85 watercolor drawings) ; 30 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12578496
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 2e9d11f0-c6d5-012f-2ce6-58d385a7bc34
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