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'The Pyramids of Sakkarah from the North East'.

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'The Pyramids of Sakkarah from the North East'. 1858

Not on display

Saqqara is an ancient Egyptian burial ground that features the world’s oldest standing pyramid. This pyramid, on the right, was built around 2630BC to house the remains of Pharaoh Djoser. The pyramid on the left is not quite as old and much smaller, though it appears large because it is closer to the camera. During his expeditions into the desert, Frith kept his large format camera - capable of taking huge 20 by 16 inch photos - in a vehicle that was also a darkroom and a shelter. He later recorded that the locals believed he used this mysterious-looking cart to transport his harem of beautiful women.

Glossary Open


A darkened room in which light-sensitive photographic materials are used for developing film and printing photographs.



  • Acc. No. PGP R 175.7
  • Medium Albumen print
  • Size 36.50 x 49.30 cm
  • Credit Gift of Mrs. Riddell in memory of Peter Fletcher Riddell, 1985