Return to Assyria: A Photographic Journey by Richard Wilding

6th November 2018, Asia House, London

Asia House and Gulan are thrilled to present this talk to coincide with the opening of the British Museum exhibition ‘I am Ashurbanipal: king of the world, king of Assyria’ (8 November 2018 – 24 February 2019).

During his presentation, Richard Wilding will show his contemporary photographs of Iraqi Kurdistan and Northern Iraq, alongside historical photographs taken by Gertrude Bell in 1909-11 and Anthony Kersting in 1944-46. He will also feature the drawings and written accIounts of 19th-century archaeologists such as Austen Henry Layard, and Jacobsen & Lloyd from the 1930s.

The event is held in partnership with Gulan, and is a satellite event of Asian Art in London.

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