Pont du torrent de Cédron – Bridge over the brook Kedron

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Pont du torrent de Cédron – Bridge over the brook Kedron

Felix Bonfils

Artist Nationality
French (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1867-1885

Medium & Support
albumen print on paper

10 15/16 in x 14 in (27.78 cm x 35.56 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Margaret and Howard Bond

Subject matter
A stone bridge cuts through a pastoral landscape in the countryside near Jerusalem. An uneven stone stair descends down to meet the meager brook below. Four to five male figures gather and converse near the entrance of the bridge opposite the viewer. A circular tower with a conical roof presides over the image in the upper right-hand corner of the photograph and signals the Tomb of Absalom. This image is one of hundreds of photographs made throughout Bonfils's career which purport to document various landscapes, cityscapes, and people of the eastern Mediterranean.

Physical Description
A small stone bridge pierces a countryside landscape otherwise filled with tree-dotted hills. A cylindrical tower dominates the upper-right corner of the photograph. 

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bridges (built works)
cultural landscapes
gorges (landforms)
natural landscapes
round towers
travel photography

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