From:Nathan Lyons Research Center, Visual Studies Workshop
Name/TitleCouvent de Saint-Elie sur la route de Bethlehem Palestine (a convent between Bethlehem and Jerusalem).
About this objectThe image was photographed by Felix Bonfils in the 19th century. The picture title is “Couvent de Saint-Elie sur la route de Bethlehem Palestine.” The picture shows the Couvent St Elie–Convent of St. Elias which was between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Place MadeAlais, France
Place NotesThe image is of St. Elias Convent between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Date Madeca. 1870
PeriodRamla Israel Ramla Palestine
Medium and MaterialsAlbumen
Inscription and Marksrecto: [print] Couvent de Saint-Elie sur la route de Bethlehem Palestinerecto: [print] Palestine. Southern Palestine. Mar Elias, a convent between Bethlehem and Jerusalem. recto: [pencil] 92verso: [pencil] B713 77:022:03
Measurementsimage: 22.6 cm x 28.2 cm
overall: 33.2 x 41 cm
Subject and Association DescriptionFelix Bonfil (1831-1885). Bonfil was born in Saint-Hippolyte-du-Fort and died in Alès, France. Bofil worked as a bookbinder and in 1860 he joined General d’Hautpoul’s expedition to the Levant. The young man became a photographer upon his return from his exploration, and in 1867 moved to Beirut where he and his wife, Marie-Lydie Cabanis Bonfils, opened a photographic studio named Mason Bonfils (later the family changed the name to F. Bonfils et Cie in 1878). Felix Bonfils took thousands of pictures of the Middle East and his became well known to tourists that traveled the exotic locale.
Subject and Association Keywords19th Century Photography
Subject and Association Keywords1870s
Subject and Association KeywordsFelix Bonfils
Subject and Association KeywordsAlais, France
Subject and Association KeywordsMason Bonfils
Subject and Association KeywordsAlbumen