Earliest Pashtun photograph in which Emir Sher Ali Khan is sitting with Prince Abdullah Jan and the Afghan Malaks in 1869.
Photograph taken by John Burke in 1869; a studio portrait of the Amir of Afghanistan, Sher Ali (1825-1879), Prince Abdullah Jan and Afghan sirdars or chiefs, from a series titled ‘Photographs of the Amir Shere Ali Khan and Suite’. John Burke accompanied the Peshawar Valley Field Force, one of three British Anglo-Indian army columns deployed in the Second Afghan War (1878-80), despite being rejected for the role of official photographer. He financed his trip by advance sales of his photographs ‘illustrating the advance from Attock to Jellalabad’. Coming to India as apothecary with the Royal Engineers, Burke turned professional photographer, assisting William Baker. Travelling widely in India, they were the main rivals to the better-known Bourne and Shepherd. Burke’s two-year Afghan expedition produced an important visual document of the region where strategies of the Great Game were played out. This image is part of a special series on Sher Ali at the Ambala Durbar of 1869.
Хризантемы (Chrysanthemums), 1894. Mikhail Vrubel
Roses and Orchids, 1894. Mikail Vrubel
Viktor Vasnetsov. Sirin and Alkonost Birds of Joy and Sorrow. 1896.
The Fortune Teller, 1895, by Art Nouveau painter Mikhail Vrubel, depicting a cartomancer.
The Nobel Brothers' oil wells in Balakhani, a suburb of Baku, Azerbaijan in the late 19th century.
The first oil well was mechanically drilled in the Bibi-Heybat suburb of Baku in 1846, though a number of hand-dug wells predate it. Large-scale oil exploration started in 1872, when Russian imperial authorities auctioned the parcels of oil-rich land around Baku to private investors. Within a short period of time Swiss, British, French, Belgian, German, Swedish and American investors appeared in Baku. Among them were the firms of the Nobel brothers together with the family von Börtzell-Szuch (Carl Knut Börtzell, who also owned the Livadia Palace) and the Rothschild family. An industrial oil belt, better known as Black City, was established near Baku. By the beginning of the 20th century almost half of world production was being extracted in Baku.
Portrait of French actress Mademoiselle Rachel (Rachel Felix)by William Etty, 1840s.
Tehran’s mahalla (Jewish quarter). Photo by Antoin Sevruguin. Tehran, c. 1880-1900.