Tuesday, August 28, 2012

New Digital Collection Documents British Invasion of Egypt: Alexandria Bombardment of 1882 Photograph Album

The Alexandria Bombardment of 1882 Photograph Album digital collection was originally compiled by Italian photographer Luigi Fiorillo. This unique album documents the British naval attack on 'Urabi Pasha's nationalists, who revolted against Taufik Pasha, the Khedive of Egypt, from 1879 to 1882. Fiorillo’s fifty page album records damage to Alexandria's neighborhoods, particularly the harbor and the fortress district. The images trace the development of episode from the arrival of the British fleet to the destruction of the emerging downtown district. Further, the photographs show the artillery and forts used by the resistance. The album also features portraits of the key players in the bombardment, including 'Urabi Pasha, Khedive Taufik, Admiral Seymour, and Sir Wolseley.

Painting of the Bombardment of Alexandria, 1882. Image courtesy of the American University in Cairo Rare Books and Special Collections Library.


Fiorillo was active from the 1870s to the 1890s. Although his main studio was located in Alexandria, he is known to have traveled widely throughout Egypt and Africa. He is best known for this distinctive album.
View the entire album or browse individual images.

You may browse the collection by the following suggested topics:
  • Artillery
  • Forts & fortifications
  • Military officers
  • Revolutionaries
The Alexandria Bombardment of 1882 Photograph Album is available in the Rare Books and Special Collections Digital Library.