Crisis in Egypt - View of Cairo.

Wood engraving, 1882.
Image size 14 3/16 x 9 1/16" (36 x 23 cm).
Good condition, some soiling in the sky.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 96719
Price: $70.00
Publisher : Published by Harper's Weekly. July 1, 1882.
The key notes the Mosque of Sultan Hassan, Mosque of the Citadel, built of Alabaster by Mohammed Ali, and Citadel and Palace. Inset portraits of The Khedive (upper left) and Arabi Pasha (upper right).

Egypt was in quite a state of trouble in the 1880s. Their economy was strapped with debt thanks to the ill management of its leaders and Europe's eagerness to take advantage of that aspect. Much of the damage was done between 1864 to 1879, during Ismail Pasha's reign. The affect of his bad rule made it so that Egyptians gradually lost power within their own government, ultimately leading to a massive rebellion against the growing European influence. Arabi Pasha (pictured in this engraving) lead the insurrection. The Egyptian forces stood little chance against Great Britain, however, and in 1882 Arabi was forced to surrender at the battle of Tel-el-Kebir. He was tried and sentenced to exile in Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka).
18th-19th Century Subjects , Town Views - Africa , Egypt