Photograph Album of the Dedication of Augusta Victoria Church and Hospice on the Mount of Olives
Photograph Album of the Dedication of Augusta Victoria Church and Hospice on the Mount of Olives
Photograph Album of the Dedication of Augusta Victoria Church and Hospice on the Mount of Olives
[Palestine / Photography / Medicine]. Raad, Chalil (Photographer).

Photograph Album of the Dedication of Augusta Victoria Church and Hospice on the Mount of Olives

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[Jerusalem]: Chalil Raad, [1910]. 13 x 16-3/4 inches. 17 leaves containing 34 9 x 11-1/2 inch b&w photographs. Decorative olive wood album covers with leather spine and edges. Light wear to cover edges and spine ends; some of the original tissue guards missing; loss to lower corner of nine leaves, not affecting photographs. Very Good.

A rare album of photographs by Chalil Raad (also known as Khalil Ra'ad, 1854 - 1957), widely considered the first Arab Palestinian professional photographer. The album is bound in carved olive wood and documents the 1910 dedication ceremonies of Augusta Victoria Church and Hospice, on the Mount of Olives, in Jerusalem. Named after Kaiser Wilhelm II's wife, the complex's dedication featured Prince Eitel Friedrich, the Kaiser's son, and his wife, Duchess Sofia Charlotte, as well as numerous German members of nobility, high ranking officials, and German pilgrims. The photographs show the building's interior and exterior, including the kitchen area, sitting areas, hallways, etc., as well as the arrival of nobles by boat, the crowds and soldiers gathered for the dedication, and group portraits of the nobility.

The hospital is still in operation, serving Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.


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