Victorian Turkish Baths Picture of the Month for November 2013

Le Hammam, Paris:
a card from the late 1870s

Obverse of cardReverse of card

This trade card, 115x80mm, illustrated on its reverse in a somewhat unexpected style, is from Le Hammam, Paris, and probably dates from around the time when the baths opened in 1876.

Not only was this a Victorian Turkish bath rather than an Islamic hammam, but as Nebahat Avcıoğlu convincingly shows in her illustrated account of the bath, 'From The Hammam to Le Hammam', in Turquerie and the politics of representation, 1728–1876 (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011), the building was much influenced by baths in Britain, and especially by Urquhart’s Hammam at 76 Jermyn Street.

This item is from the collection of the Victorian Turkish Baths Project


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Nebahat Avcıoğlu, for first drawing my attention to these baths

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