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File 522 - "Byzantina: Important Antiquities of Constantinople"

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DcWaDIC MS.BZ.004-03-02-03-522

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"Byzantina: Important Antiquities of Constantinople"

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  • December 1930 (Creation)

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1 box (red) containing 1 photo album

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Name of creator

Sender, Ismail Von (active mid 20th century)

Biographical history

Ismail Von Sender owned the photography firm in Istanbul that provided the photographs for the Byzantina album. In a letter to Jack Thacher dated April 20, 1963, Sender writes: “I am an old refugee from Russia since 1920 and lived since in Constantinople, which I left 4 years ago to live in Athens.” He explains further in another letter to Ernst Kitzinger from May 21, 1963: “Unfortunately life has reserved us very hard blows. After the exile in Turkey as a result of the Russian Revolution, we sustained a second blow on the 6th September 1955 when riots and commotions bursted out in Turkey in relation of the Cyprus question among Greeks and Turks. I have not been spared in this trouble and in a few hours my studio equipped with the last technical achievements and up to date apparatuses and installations as well as my shop of sales, were plundered by the raged mob who destroyed and stole everything. Fortunately the archives in question were in the store behind the shop and suffered little damage… This situation has totally upset me, the more so as I am 52 years old. I have decided to leave Turkey and to start again at zero… I have 4 persons to my charge and I confess that life is now more than difficult and uncertain.”

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This photo album was possibly donated by the Byzantine Institute.

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Scope and content

Thirty-one (31) illustrations of Kariye Camii in Istanbul, Turkey taken in December 1930. Published and illustrated by W. Sender and with texts written by Rev. Vitalien Laurent.

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Dumbarton Oaks Rare Book Collection, 10 volumes (began with manuscript no. 1 (Mar. 1925); ceased with manuscript no. 10 (Dec. 1930), Volumes no. 1-4, by N. Mikhailoff and W. Sender, no. 5-10 by W. Sender. RARE-OVERSZ DR725 .B89. http://id.lib.harvard.edu/aleph/006081787/catalog.

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The Byzantine Institute and Dumbarton Oaks Fieldwork Records and Papers, ca. late 1920s-2000s

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Preferred citation: The Byzantine Institute and Dumbarton Oaks Fieldwork Records and Papers, ca. late 1920s-2000s, MS.BZ.004, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University, Washington, D.C.

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The Byzantine Institute and Dumbarton Oaks Fieldwork Records and Papers, ca. late 1920s-2000s

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Copyright for Byzantine Institute materials belong to Dumbarton Oaks. However, permission to publish materials created by other correspondents must be obtained from the copyright holder.

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  • Box: MS.BZ.004, Subgroup 02, Box 074