1893 Etching Isthmus Suez Church St. Francis Interior - ORIGINAL PS4


"Isthmus of Suez Ismailia House and Church of S. Francis Interior (Isthmus Aegypti Ismailia S. Francisci templum interius). Ancient city of Isthmus of Suez. The Interior of The House and Church of St. Francis in the ancient city of Isthmus of Suez."

This is an original 1893 etching (individually hand-painted) of The Interior of The House and Church of St. Francis in the ancient city of Isthmus of Suez.

Please refer to listed second image for further information on The Interior of The House and Church of St. Francis in the ancient city of Isthmus of Suez.

The term Isthmus is defined as a narrow strip of land connecting two larger lands, generally with bodies of water on either side. In this case, Isthmus of Suez connects Asia and Africa. Suez and Ismailia are seaside cites in the northeastern area of Egypt. The city of Suez is known to be a popular stop for the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. Port Tawfiq is a harbor of Suez. The town of Ismailia was documented to be found in 1863, during the Suez Canal construction. The Muslim Brotherhood was reportedly found in Ismailia by Hassan El-Banna in March of 1928.

Period Paper is pleased to offer an extraordinary and rare collection of original etchings of the Holy Land including Syria, Cyprus and Egypt. Created to document the history of the Franciscan missions in the Holy Land, these etchings provide an excellent historic visual record of the landscape, architecture, and people of Palestine and the Middle East. Each individually hand-painted etching (from a photograph) is mounted on a thick fiber board with a stunning decorative design lithographed in rich gold gilt. These museum-quality etchings are impossible to find anywhere.

Accompanying each original etching is a digital print (for reference) of the description of the image in English, Latin, French, Italian, and German. (Please see both images.)


This 118+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging throughout. No creases. No water damage. This 5 x 7 inch etching is mounted on its original fiber board measuring approx. 10.5 x 8 inches (note: there is printing on the reverse of the mounting board). The etching is in spectacular condition and would look stunning framed. (Please note that any aging in the outer margins is more pronounced in the digital image than on the actual item. In addition, the brilliant gold gilt appears dull brown in the digital image.)

  • Product Type: Original Etching; Hand-Tinted Color
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 5 x 7 inches; 13 x 18 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Keywords specific to this image: Gualassini Bertarelli, Milano, Ismailia, Ismaili



Category: Geographic Locale, Middle East, PS4

Type: Original Etching