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1925 Iraq BAGDAD Baghdad TIGRIS RIVER GUFFA Boats Sepia Photogravure Art Print

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•Title: Bagdad. Taking Stores Aboard on the Tigris by Means of Guffas. (plate #273, title in 5 languages; English, French, Italian, Spanish, German)
•Year: 1925
•Print size (inches):
9.2 x 12
•Image size (inches): 6.2 x 8.4
•Print size (cm): 23.5 x 30.6
•Image size (cm): 15.5 x 21.3
•Provenance:  Picturesque Palestine Arabia And Syria
•Verso:  Photogravure print
  Brentano's Publishers: New York


This high quality 90 year old sepia photogravure plate comes from a collection of fine art photography by Karl Grober and others, published by Brentano's Publishing in 1925. Please note that there is a gravure on the reverse as well. Very good condition, ready for framing! Free USA shipping.

A photogravure, or "gravure", is a photographic image produced from a copper engraving plate. The process is rarely used today due to the high costs involved, but it produces prints which have the subtlety of a photograph and the art quality of a lithograph.

The Guffa is a cargo and passenger carrying boat and in this respect is very different from the British coracle which is a one-man fishing boat.

Guffas are obviously neither designed for speed nor sea-worthiness but as the circle encompasses the largest area for perimeter so the design of the Guffa facilitates the carrying of the greatest possible cargo with the most economical use of material. This is important because in some cases, particularly on the Tigris, the Guffa is abandoned after one long-river voyage. The construction is a frame with waterproof covering and is propelled with a paddle.

 IC07 110