'Provision shop in Cairo', 1882.
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A photograph of people outside a food shop in Cairo, Egypt, taken by an unknown photographer in December 1882. Although obviously posed and static, this is an interesting view of Egyptian life. Flat bread is on sale in the foreground, and behind is an intricately carved wooden screen. The photograph is from an album entitled 'Algiers Egypt &c 1882-3' which belonged to Brigadier General Herbert Conyers Surtees (1858-1933), antiquarian and MP for Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. It is a curious mixture of photographs of North African tourist subjects and views of battlefields in Egypt.