Publie par Pierre-Bertrand, Editeur. [n.d., c.1859.]
Lithograph, image 314 x 445mm.
Bitlis is a town in eastern Turkey, and the capital of Bitlis Province. Kurds form the majority of the population. The history of Bitlis extends back to 2000 BC, and the city contains traces from the Urartian, Armenian, Persian, Roman, and Byzantine periods. Joseph Auguste Jules Laurens (1825 - 1901) travelled with the geographer Xavier Hommaire de Hell on a scientific journey to Turkey and Persia, making over a thousand drawings of the sites, costumes and people he encountered. After Hommaire died of cholera in 1848 Laurens sent his notes back to his widow in Paris who completed a full account of their travels, 'Voyage en Turquie et en Perse, exeŽcuteŽ par ordre du Gouvernement Francais pendant les anneŽes 1846, 1847 et 1848', containing many lithographs by Laurens.
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