LEVANTINE ALBUM OF LITHOGRAPHY COSTUME PLATES
c. 1850 Folio (345 mm x 280 mm).
It contains 5 hand-coloured lithographed, by THE PAINTER BOGOS TATIKIAN OF SMYRNA .17 costume watercolours, depicting the vendors and the peoples from different religions and nationalities like Armenians, Turks, Jews, Albanians in Constantinople, Smyrna and other places
plates and a photograph, showing a " Sultan's mosoleum ?".
A remarkable scrapbook evidently compiled in Turkey. This album includes a number of prints from the well-known period lithographic series produced by the celebrated Smyrna printer Tatikian.
The figures are notable for the naturalistic qualities which set them apart from the so many other stylised costume plates: Most of the plates depict the costume of the ordinary people of the Ottoman Empire, including a number from the region of Smyrna. [.] Tatikian produced these lithographs as separate items, much as postcards are produced today, and the customer purchased only those which interested him. Thus the contents of different collections vary" (Atabey). The figures here present include Sheikhs, public scribes, Albanian priests, an Armenian water carrier, Greek ladies, etc., mostly living in Smyrna.