Yesterday I had a behind the scenes tour with a few Daily Press (our local newspaper) employees and I pulled one of my favorite watercolors (alright, alright, that’s a bit of a stretch–if I was hard pressed to pick just one piece I’d have trouble, but it is certainly at the top of the list!). I pulled the image because I wanted to show the international aspect of our collection and this piece is pretty spectacular.
The image, titled “Vue Generale du Port de Constantinople prise des Hauteurs d’Eyoub,” is a panoramic view of Istanbul (at that time called Constantinople) and the Golden Horn drawn from the heights of the Eyüp neighborhood at the northeast corner of the city. The image shows the whole harbor and the east side of the city and the Galata neighborhood with its Galata Tower which is the northernmost observation point of the old city walls. Visible in the image are many recognizable buildings including the Topkapi palace, the Aya Sofia mosque, the Blue Mosque, the Osman Mosque, the Süleymaniye Mosque, the Bayezid II Mosque, Prophet Mohammed’s Mosque, Sultan Selim Mosque, Tekfur Palace, and the Eyüp Sultan Mosque.