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About the BSA SPHS Image Collection

The SPHS photographic collection was amassed by The Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies between 1891 and 1967 through the donation of images. It contained negatives, both glass and film in a variety of sizes, photographic prints and glass lantern slides. It contains both original and copy negatives. Index cards with small contact prints served as finding aids for the collection. It was designed as an image reference collection where images could be duplicated as either prints or slides and sold or lent to members.

The BSA SPHS Collection is part of the original SPHS photographic collection, selected by donors who were associated with the BSA or images of topographic interest, particularly in areas the BSA was known to have worked. The remainder of the extant SPHS collection went to the Hellenic Literary and Historical Archives (MIET-ELIA) in Athens. Documentation for this collection consists of 5 Negative registers (held in the SPHS offices in London), the published catalogues or accession lists of lantern slides in The Journal of Hellenic Studies, the Minute Book December 1949-January 1983 for the Photographic and Filmstrip Committee of the SPHS (held in the SPHS Library in London) and information contained on extant index cards.

Delphi: Ionic capital on the sacred way [BSA SPHS 01/6367.C5122], Delphi: Ionic capital on the sacred way, Latest 1931

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Delphi, Ionic capital on sacred way".

Olympia: View across the site to the Alpheios river [BSA SPHS 01/6372.C5128], Olympia: View across the site to the Alpheios river, Latest 1931

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Olympia view across the site to river Alpheios".

Olympia: Steps to the treasuries [BSA SPHS 01/6373.C5129], Olympia: Steps to the treasuries, Latest 1931

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Olympia steps to the treasuries".

Pony loaded with wood [BSA SPHS 01/6374.C5131], Pony loaded with wood

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Pony loaded with wood".

Olympia: Echo [stoa] colonnade [BSA SPHS 01/6375.C5133], Olympia: Echo [stoa] colonnade, Latest 1931

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Olympia Echo colonnade".

Knossos: Entrance doorway to Temple Tomb [BSA SPHS 01/6386.C5176], Knossos: Entrance doorway to Temple Tomb, 1931

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Temple-tomb at Knossos. Entrance door-way".

Knossos: Basement plan and section of the Temple Tomb [BSA SPHS 01/6387.C5177], Knossos: Basement plan and section of the Temple Tomb, 1931

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Temple-tomb at Knossos. Basement plan and sectional plan".

The Ring of Minos [BSA SPHS 01/6388.C5178], The Ring of Minos, 1928-1932

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Seal on gold signet ring: found in a Cretan vineyard".

Knossos: Temple Tomb buildings from above entrance [BSA SPHS 01/6391.C5220], Knossos: Temple Tomb buildings from above entrance, 1931

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Knossos; temple tomb buildings from above entrance".

Delphi: Stoa of the Athenians [BSA SPHS 01/6401.C5397], Delphi: Stoa of the Athenians, Latest 1933

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Delphi, Stoa of the Athenians".

Mycenae: The lion relief over the gateway [= Lion Gate] [BSA SPHS 01/6445.C5849], Mycenae: The lion relief over the gateway [= Lion Gate]

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Mycenae the lion relief over gateway".

Festival at Tenos [BSA SPHS 01/6446.C5922], Festival at Tenos

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Festival". Pencilled in: "Tenos?"

Wearing the fustanella [BSA SPHS 01/6449.C5925], Wearing the fustanella

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "The fustinella".

A priest [BSA SPHS 01/6450.C5926], A priest

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Priest".

'Klepht' [BSA SPHS 01/6451.C5927], 'Klepht'

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Klepht".

Knossos: Façade of the Caravanserai [BSA SPHS 01/6454.C5983], Knossos: Façade of the Caravanserai, 1931-1935

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Knossos, façade of caravanserai".

Knossos: Chapel in the House of the High Priest [BSA SPHS 01/6455.C5984], Knossos: Chapel in the House of the High Priest, 1931-1935

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Knossos, house of priest king (?)".

Summit of Mount Olympus from the N.W. [BSA SPHS 01/6457.C5987], Summit of Mount Olympus from the N.W., 1931-1935

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Olympus from North-West (summit)".

The Acropolis of Pharsala [BSA SPHS 01/6458.C5988], The Acropolis of Pharsala, 1931-1935

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Pharsalia, Acropolis".

Monemvasia from the mainland [BSA SPHS 01/6460.C5990], Monemvasia from the mainland, 1931-1935

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Monemvasia".

Mount Athos: Woodcarving of the Crucifixion from the Skete of Kapsokalyvia [BSA SPHS 01/6465.C6079], Mount Athos: Woodcarving of the Crucifixion from the Skete of Kapsokalyvia, 1935-1936

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Athos woodcarving the crucifixion". The negative was originally recorded as missing in the SPHS register.

Knossos: S.W. entrance with horns of consecration [BSA SPHS 01/6470.C6136], Knossos: S.W. entrance with horns of consecration, Latest 1935

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Cnossos South-West entrance horns of consecration".

Mycenae: Gold grave mask [BSA SPHS 01/6471.C6137], Mycenae: Gold grave mask

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Gold grave mask Mycenae".

Chios: Village festival at Pyrgi [BSA SPHS 01/6476.C6147], Chios: Village festival at Pyrgi

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Chios, village festival".

Chios: Village festival at Pyrgi [BSA SPHS 01/6477.C6148], Chios: Village festival at Pyrgi

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Chios, village festival".

British School at Athens: Director's House 1905 [BSA SPHS 01/6495.C6238], British School at Athens: Director's House 1905, 1905

One of a group of images relating to the British School at Athens: buildings and setting, scholars and students. The original description in the SPHS register reads: "British School at Athens, Director's House, 1905".

Kufas at Bagdad on the Tigris River [BSA SPHS 01/6496.C6239], Kufas at Bagdad on the Tigris River, Latest 1906

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Kufas at Bagdad on Tigris".

Knossos: Faience plaque of goat and young [BSA SPHS 01/6792.C6801], Knossos: Faience plaque of goat and young, 1936

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Faience plaque of goat and young, from Knossos". Date in margin: 6/1936

Knossos: MMIIIa Fresco "The Ladies in Blue" [BSA SPHS 01/6795.C6804], Knossos: MMIIIa Fresco "The Ladies in Blue", 1936

Part of the collection of images from the 1936 Exhibition of Minoan Civilization and the first 50 years work of the BSA at Burlington House, London. The original description in the SPHS register reads: "MM IIIa fresco from Knossos 'The ladies in blue'".

Knossos: Painted stucco relief of charging bull [BSA SPHS 01/6796.C6805], Knossos: Painted stucco relief of charging bull, 1936

Part of the collection of images from the 1936 Exhibition of Minoan Civilization and the first 50 years work of the BSA at Burlington House, London. The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Painted stucco relief of charging bull from Knossos".

Knossos: Faience showing a group of flying fish, cockles and other shells [BSA SPHS 01/6798.C6807], Knossos: Faience showing a group of flying fish, cockles and other shells, 1936

Part of the collection of images from the 1936 Exhibition of Minoan Civilization and the first 50 years work of the BSA at Burlington House, London. The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Faience group of flying fish, cockles and others from Knossos".

Knossos: Inlaid gaming board [BSA SPHS 01/6799.C6808], Knossos: Inlaid gaming board, 1936

Part of the collection of images from the 1936 Exhibition of Minoan Civilization and the first 50 years work of the BSA at Burlington House, London. The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Inlaid gaming-board from Knossos".

Knossos: Pithoi in palace [BSA SPHS 01/6862.C7413], Knossos: Pithoi in palace, 1953

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Knossos. Pithoi in palace". The date of 01/03/1953 listed in the SPHS register margin.

Knossos: S. House [BSA SPHS 01/6864.C7415], Knossos: S. House, 1953

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Knossos. South house". The date of 01/03/1953 listed in the SPHS register margin.

Knossos: Pithos in the palace [BSA SPHS 01/6865.C7416], Knossos: Pithos in the palace, 1953

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Knossos. Pithos in palace". The date of 01/03/1953 listed in the SPHS register margin.

Mycenae: Lion tomb [BSA SPHS 01/6866.C7417], Mycenae: Lion tomb, 1953

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Mycenae. Lion tomb". The date of 01/03/1953 listed in the SPHS register margin.

Mycenae: Lion gate [BSA SPHS 01/6868.C7422], Mycenae: Lion gate, 1953

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Mycenae. Lion gate (photograph Dr P. Corder)". The date of 26/06/1953 listed in the SPHS register margin.

Knossos: Staircase [BSA SPHS 01/6869.C7423], Knossos: Staircase, 1953

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Knossos. Staircase". The date of 26/06/1953 listed in the SPHS register margin.