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Name of Object:

A young and an old Turk


Bucharest, Romania

Holding Institution:

National Museum of Romanian History

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Date of Object:

Second half of the 19th century


Carol Popp de Szathmari (11 January 1812, Cluj, Romania-3 July 1887, Bucharest, Romania)




Carol Popp de Szathmari was born in Transylvania, but later settled in Bucharest, Wallachia, where he worked as court painter of princes Alexandru Dimitrie Ghica, Gheorghe Bibescu and Alexandru Ioan Cuza. During the reign of prince Carol of Hohenzollern, he was also court photographer. He is the author of five photographic albums with images of people and places from Bucharest and other regions in Romania, among which there are depictions of people belonging to the ethnic minorities of Romania, such as the Turks. He travelled twice to Istanbul, in 1860 and 1864, as member of prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza’s suite. During the Crimean War (1854-1855) he photographed the Russian and Turkish armies that occupied Wallachia and then went to Crimea, where he took more than 200 photos of the fights.

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"A young and an old Turk" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://www.sharinghistory.org/database_item.php?id=object;AWE;rm;12;en

MWNF Working Number: RO 012

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