Illuminating A Period
A NOTEBOOK KEPT BY OSMAN HAMDI BEY’S DAUGHTER, NAZLI HAMDI, FROM 1907 TO 1911 IS ON DISPLAY AT KOÇ UNIVERSITY’S ANATOLIAN CIVILIZATIONS RESEARCH CENTER.
A guestbook kept from 1907 to 1911 by the youngest daughter of distinguished painter, archaeologist and museologist Osman Hamdi Bey is shedding light on the period. Included in the guestbook, which bears signatures and testimonials by Osman Hamdi Bey’s friends and relatives, who were among the leading intellectuals of their day, are the stories of upwards of thirty individuals from Gertrude Bell and Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria to Ottoman woman poet Şair Nigar and Servet-i Fünun publisher Ahmed İhsan. Curated by Prof. Dr. Edhem Eldem, the exhibition, “Nazlı’s Notebook, Osman Hamdi Bey’s Circle”, awaits history buffs at the Koç University Anatolian Civilizations Research Center, April 30 to July 10.