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Engravings, Old Photographs and Watercolours Collection

The engravings and the old photographs, which constitute the earliest known depictions of Cypriot monuments, towns and people, are of significant historical value and complement corresponding documents. The watercolours consit a study of the natural history and flora of Cyprus.

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The great majority of engravings are incorporated in books such as Corneille Le Brun, "Voyage au Levant…," Delft 1700; others remain printed on separate sheets, such as the portrait of Caterina Cornaro by C.G. Schultze of 1770 and the series of engravings of Cypriot landscapes by Louis Francois Cassas, published in Paris in 1799. The collection includes also a folio of Tristram Ellis, "Twelve Etchings of the Principal Views and Places of Interest in Cyprus", London 1879 which was published the same year as John Thomson’s, "Through Cyprus with the Camera in the Autumn of 1878", London 1879, which contains the earliest known original photographs of Cyprus.

In 1987 the late Electra Megaw entrusted to Cultural Foundation fifty-one watercolours of wild flowers of Cyprus, drawn by her. These watercolours, drawn life size, are botanically correct and they consist works of art of their own.

In 1973, these watercolours were printed in a loose-leaf folio volume, under the title "Wild Flowers of Cyprus", with an introduction and description of each species by Desmond Meikle. 



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