In Memory Of The Bosphorus

Who Would Have Guessed When Antoine Ignace Melling Was Born In Baden, Karlsruhe, In 1763 That He Would Become An Istanbul Lover As Traveler, Painter And Architect?

Trained in architecture in Europe, Melling came to the Ottoman capital as a young man. Enthusiastically received as a French architect, he renovated the Hatice Sultan Palace near Ortaköy.

RETURN TO FRANCE
Melling, who stayed in Istanbul for many years serving the Ottoman Palace, returned to France in 1802. It was in France that he created his engravings depicting the relationship between the city’s architecture and the sea, from 1803 to 1819. His book, Voyage Pittoresque de Constantinople et des Rives du Bosphore, was well received upon its publication in 1819. Copies of the work, which was printed in a limited edition, found their way into collections, eventually becoming one of the hardest books of engravings to find on the market.

BACK IN ISTANBUL
In 2011 a facsimile edition of Melling’s work on the shores of Istanbul was issued under the Turkish title, ‘Istanbul ve Boğaz Kıyılarına Pitoresk Seyahat’, with an introduction by Prof. Dr. Edhem Eldem. Nobel Prize winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk refers to the work, written 200 years earlier, in his own book, ‘Istanbul: Memories and the City’, saying: “Among all the western artists who painted Bosphorus landscapes, it is Melling who seemed the most convincing to me and through whose eyes I came to see the city.”

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