About This Image
With Photographer's initials reversed out of the negative on the right side of the image. Signed in black ink on recto of mount at bottom left under photo and dated the same way at bottom right. With a period note from the photographer in ink on the verso of the mount indicating in French that the print was offered to M. Campigneulles from his counterpart, J. Graham.
Provenance: artist to fellow photographer François Joseph Édouard De Campigneulles to De Campigneulles family.
James Graham (1806–1869) was a Scottish photographer who took some of the earliest images of the Holy Land, where he was sent as lay secretary for the London Society for Promoting Christianity Amongst the Jews.
Graham, a former director of a Glasgow bank, having learnt the basics of photography, arrived in Jerusalem in December 1853 and stayed there for two-and-a-half years, taking lodgings in a tower on the Mount of Olives. While there he was visited by artists including Thomas Seddon and William Holman Hunt, both of whom seem to have used his photographs as reference material for their paintings.
When he exhibited photographs, he would often write an appropriate quotation from the Bible on the mount.
During his time in Jerusalem he taught photography to the Russian-born Mendel John Diness, who had been converted from Judaism, and baptized in 1849 by the British consul James Finn.
He was the author of a pamphlet called Jerusalem; its Missions, Schools, Converts etc. under Bishop Gobat published in London in 1858.
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Medium Albumen print from paper negative
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1857 Print Date 1857
Dimensions 7-3/4 x 10-1/16 in. (197 x 256 mm)
Photo Country Palestine
Photographer Country United Kingdom (UK)