Attributed to Robert Murray (British, Edinburgh 1822–1893 Plymouth)
Albumen silver print
Image: 6 3/4 × 8 3/16 in. (17.1 × 20.7 cm)
Mount: 12 3/16 in. × 15 15/16 in. (31 × 40.5 cm)
Robert O. Dougan Collection, Gift of Warner Communications Inc., 1981
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed in ink on mount, recto TRC: "155"; inscribed in ink on mount recto, BL: "Published by J. Hogarth - 5 Haymarket - London"; inscribed in ink on mount recto, BR: "Nubian Sakkieh, or Water Wheel"; previous owner's label on mount verso.
[...]; Robert O. Dougan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Beyond the Edges: An Insider's Look at Early Photographs," October 9, 1998–February 14, 1999.
Murray, Robert. Catalogue of One Hundred and Sixty-Three Photographic Views from Malta, Alexandria, Cairo, Thebes, Upper Egypt, and Nubia. London: J. Hogarth, 1856. no. 155.
Perez, Nissan. Focus East: Early Photography in the Near East (1839–1885). New York: Israel Museum, 1988. p. 197.
Osman, Colin. "Robert Murray of Edinburgh (1822-1893): The Discovery of Neglected Calotypes of Egypt." Photoresearcher 6 (March 1997). pp. 6–11.
According to "Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives," 1840-1860 (2007) J. Hogarth published a portfolio of Murray's views titled "Catalogue of One Hundred and Sixty-Three Photographic Views in Malta, Alexandria, Cairo, Thebes, Upper Egypt, and Nubia by Robert Murray" in 1856. A second edition of the portfolio was published in 1858. The published prints were albumen silver prints made from Murray's negatives though he is known to have produced salted paper prints from his negatives as well.
The "155" and title inscribed on mount correspond to the subject listed in Murray's 1856 Catalogue.