Knossos Palace: Theatral area

Department Archive
Collection BSA SPHS Image Collection
Reference No. BSA SPHS 01/4103.8311
Level Item
Description Film negative, approximately half plate size, an original negative. Written on the border of the negative: "Caton 25".
Dimensions 12.5 x 10 cm
Place Palace of Minos
Dates 1906-1912
Donor/Creator Caton, Dr Richard C.
Scope and Content Part of a group of images donated by the Argonaut Camera Club, taken on excursions and cruises in Greece and Asia Minor. The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Cnossos: theatral area".
Notes Possible image from a schoolmaster cruise of the Hellenic Travellers Club, either on the S.Y. Argonaut or after 1908 on the R.M.S. Donottar Castle. Latest date based on the JHS slide catalogue. The pitched roof of the throne room reconstruction can just be seen on the right which was constructed in 1904-05 and removed for further reconstructions in 1930 (pers. comm. V. Fotou 2019).
Further information Hellenic Travellers Club
The Hellenic Travellers Club consisted of school teachers and others interested in educational cruises to the Eastern Mediterranean. Initiated by Henry Lunn, the club was formalised in 1905, but grew out of experimental cruises called Argonaut Cruises (after the steam yacht) - first in 1901 and then in 1903 and 1904. Annual spring cruises began in 1905, continued until the First World War and resumed in 1924 before finally halting with advent of the Second World War

Many of the passengers from 1901 onward were keen photographers - initially referred to as the Argonaut Camera Club - and a number of their images were donated to the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies or made their way into private collections. The Hellenic Travellers Club produced annual proceedings which published many of the lectures given on board, illustrated with photographs from the tours. See: Harlan, D. 2018. "More than Armchair Travellers" ARGO 8: 19-21.
Reference 1912 JHS 32: 8th accession to 1904 slide catalogue. lxxviii.SPHS 8311. Link to article
1913 JHS 33: Slide Lists. 149.SPHS 8311. Link to article