A Greek View of the Ottoman City: Izmir/Smyrna (Part II)
| View of Izmir by Constantinos Kaldis, 1845. Benaki Museum, Athens|
This print is also located in the Benaki Museum in Athens. The inscription at the bottom informs us, in both Greek and Ottoman Turkish, that this is a view of the port of Izmir (Θεορία Σμύρνης μαιζοριοθέσα παρά τουλλιμενος, رسم ازمير ياليسى) that was executed by Kaldis ("of the city of Plomari, Lesbos") in 1845, actually done a few years earlier than the print of Istanbul discussed in the first post. The fact that the print--done by a Greek Orthodox priest--is labeled in both Greek and Ottoman Turkish testifies to the linguistic fluidity of the area.
| Close-up of the "Frankish Quarter" at the Port.|
| Close-up of the Ships in the Harbor.|
| Detail of the "Old Castle".|
| Detail of Izmir's hinterland.|
| Detail of Bornova.|
| Smyrna, Bornova. Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot,|
1873. Private Collection.
FRANGAKIS-SYRETT, Elena. "Commerce in the Eastern Mediterranean from the Eighteenth to Early Twentieth Centuries: The City-Port of Izmir and Its Hinterland." International Journal of Maritime History, Vol. X, No. 2 (December 1998), pp. 125-154.
ZANDI-SAYEK, Sybil. Ottoman Izmir: The Rise of a Cosmopolitan Port 1840/1880. Minneapolis; London: University of Minnesota Press, 2012.
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