Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Isma'il Pasha

Isma'il Pasha ordering his chibouque (Roger Fenton, 1855).

Isma'il Pasha (1813-1865) (real name Kmety Gyorgy) was a Hungarian general in the Ottoman (Turkish) army during the Crimean War.

He's handed a chibouque; a Turkish tobacco pipe with a long stem and a red clay bowl.

He was entrusted with the defense of Kars against the attacks of the Russians. When a famine in the fortress became very worse he handed over the command to an English colonel and pulled off. After the war he published an apology under the title: 'A narrative of the defense of Kars on the 29th of Sept. 1855' (London 1856). He was later Governor General of Kastamonu in Asia Minor.

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  1. Classic Crimean War photography - elaborate dress and a stark topography.

  2. This pasha has had an interesting career, and the composition of the picture is strong.


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