Private Drawing Room, II, Kasr-El-Said, Tunisia


This photochrome print is part of “Views of Architecture and People in Tunisia” from the catalog of the Detroit Photographic Company. It shows a private drawing room in the Kassar-Said Palace in Tunis. Baedeker’s The Mediterranean, Seaports and Sea Routes: Handbook for Travellers (1911) described the palace as “a château of the bey” to which admittance by tourists was forbidden. “Here, in 1881, was concluded the Bardo Treaty, which ended the independence of Tunisia.” Tunisia came under the control of the Ottoman Empire in 1574. Bey was originally the title of the provincial governor. From the early 18th century until French colonial rule began in 1881, the bey was the head of state of the Kingdom of Tunis and nominally subordinate to the Ottoman sultan. The Detroit Photographic Company was launched as a photographic publishing firm in the late 1890s by Detroit businessman and publisher William A. Livingstone, Jr. and photographer and photo-publisher Edwin H. Husher. They obtained the exclusive rights to use the Swiss "Photochrom" process for converting black-and-white photographs into color images and printing them by photolithography. This innovative process was applied to the mass production of color postcards, prints, and albums for sale to the American market. The firm became the Detroit Publishing Company in 1905.

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Detroit Photographic Company, Detroit, Michigan

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Private Drawing Room, II, Kasr-el-Said, Tunisia

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1 photomechanical print : photochrom, color


  1. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Heritage Centre, “Medina of Tunis.”

Last updated: January 30, 2017