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COLLECTION — Box: Hill 1 Identifier: BER-38

Derek Hill photograph collection


The collection includes black-and-white photographs taken by Derek Hill depicting Byzantine, Seljuk, and Ottoman monuments in Turkey and Syria.


  • 1950 - 1959


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for materials resides with the creators of the items in question, unless otherwise designated.


76 photographic prints
The collection includes black-and-white photographic prints depicting Byzantine, Seljuk, and Ottoman monuments in Turkey and Syria. Most of the photographs show decorative elements such as reliefs, mihrabs, brick surfaces, and tile works. Others depict scenes of everyday life. The images are examples of Fine-art photography and not mere documentary reproductions of specific subjects, as Hill tried to express his emotions and ideas about the places he visited. Some of them appear in Derek Hill's publications.

Biographical / Historical

Arthur Derek Hill was an English painter born in Southampton in 1916 who was well-known for painting portraits and landscapes. He traveled extensively in the Middle East and was often hosted at villa I Tatti in Florence by his friend Bernard Berenson. He lived for long periods in Ireland and he served as Director of Fine Arts at the British School at Rome for five years.

Processing Information

Processed by Spyros Koulouris
Link to catalog


Derek Hill photograph collection, 1950-1959: A Finding Aid
December 2, 2020
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Biblioteca Berenson, I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies Repository

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