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Title:  Dennis family portrait
Work Type:  photographs
Date:  ca. 1885
Dimensions:  8 x 10 in.
Associated Name:  Diness, M. J. (1827-1900), subject
Harvard Semitic Museum (n.d.), Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, sponsor
Topics:  families; portrait photographs; group portraits; photographers
Materials/Techniques:  gelatin silver process on board
Modern gelatin silver print from original photograph, mounted on board with window mat 28 x 36 cm.
Note:  Citation/References: Exhibition catalog: Capturing the Holy Land : M.J. Diness and the beginnings of photography in Jerusalem / with contributions by Dror Wahrman, Carney Gavin, Nitza Rosovsky ; photographs printed by John Barnier from the original glass plate negatives. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, c1993.
Exhibitions: Exhibited in: "Capturing the Holy Land: M.J. Diness and the Beginnings of Photography in Jerusalem," Harvard Semitic Museum, 1993.
General: Title from exhibition caption. Original photograph courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Foster Jr.
Historical: Mendel John Diness (1827-1900), a Jewish watchmaker, arrived in Jerusalem in 1848 and converted to Christianity a year later. Unable to continue working as a watchmaker, he studied photography under Scottish missionary James Graham in 1856 and became the first resident photographer in Jerusalem. Faced with increased competition from other photographers arriving in the city, Diness emigrated to the United States in 1860. He changed his name to Mendenhall John Dennis and operated a photography studio in Cincinnati until 1867 but was unsuccessful. He went on to become a lecturer and evangelical minister.
Copyright:  Please consult Fine Arts Library, Special Collections, for copyright information and restrictions on use.
Related Work:  Part of: Harvard Semitic Museum Photographic Archive
Related Information:  From Photographs for the exhibition "Capturing the Holy Land," no. X
HOLLIS Catalog record
Repository:  Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections
Add.HSM:017:X
AKP128.15
Record Identifier: olvwork540197


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