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Photograph: Canal in Bruges
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Title: Photograph: Canal in Bruges
Identifier: 2001.5.44
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1870-1876
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A black and white photographic print of entitled “Canal at oldest part of the town”; and “Bruges”, which are written on the back of the print. It depicts a canal running through a city with whitewashed brick buildings. There is foliage growing on the proper left wall of the canal. An arched bridge over the canal is visible on the background of the photo.

Bruges is the capital city of the Province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It is a canal based city whose importance is derived from its port. Continuous habitation of the city dates back to 4th century with the “Golden Age” of the city occurring between the 12th to the 15th centuries. In the last half of the 19th century, Bruges became one of the world's first tourist destinations attracting wealthy British and French tourists. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruges

Traveler’s in the 1870’s could not take their own photographs, so professional photographers would create albums with photos like these and sell them to travelers to commemorate their journey. In 1871 Elizabeth (Bessie) and Annie Harris (daughters of James Beveridge and Elizabeth) traveled to Europe to do a tour of Scotland, Ireland and England. In 1876, Lucy and Arthur Harris traveled to Scotland to visit their aunts in Perthshire. James Beveridge Harris’s sisters, Margaret Patton and Matilda Lindsay, both lived at Rose Terrace, Perth, with their cousin Margaret Anne Patton in the 1870s and 1880s. These photos could have come from any of those trips or have been sent by the Aunts, to the family at Benares.
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