Mons.r Dussap. Physician of Cairo.Celebrated for his treatment of the Plague. [Arabic script.]
Published by J. Dickinson, 114, New Bond Street. [n.d., c.1835.]
Tinted lithograph, rare. Sheet 265 x 200mm (10½ x 8").
Portrait of the French doctor Charles Dussap in arab dress. He settled in Cairo, buying and marrying a black Algerian slavewoman, Halima. He worked with the poor, and was particularly skilled in treating the plague, although his wife died in one outbreak and one of his daughters, Hamim, succumbed in 1835. It is estimated that 15,000 black slaves died of plague in Cairo 1834-5, often thrown into the streets when they became ill, causing a surge in slave raids by Muhammed Ali's army in 1837.
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