2004.130.3751.1
Trees in a gale

Photographer: Wilfred Patrick Thesiger
Date of Photo: 1953
Continent: Asia
Geographical Area: Western Asia (Middle East and Near East)
Country: Iraq
Region/Place: [Marshes]; near Hamar
Format: Film Negative 35mm
Size: 35 mm
Acquisition: Accepted as Art in Lieu of Inheritance Tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Pitt Rivers Museum, March 2004

Description

View of trees bending in the strong winds of a gale.

Publications history

Contemporary Publication - This image has been published in Wilfred Thesiger, 'Marsh Dwellers of Southern Iraq: Primitive Ma'dan, Building Cathedral-like Houses of Reeds, Share a Watery Domain with Buffaloes and Wild Boars', National Geographic Magazine, 113 (1958), pp.236-237: 'Date Palms Bow Tattered Plumage to the Fury of a Howling Gale. Flood Waters, Relentlessly Driven by the Wind, Turn Desert into Lake'. [PG 11/09/2008]

Contemporary Publication - This image has been published in Wilfred Thesiger, The Marsh Arabs (London, 1964), plate 84 [between pp.162 and 163]: 'A gale near Hamar'. [PG 29/1/2004]

Contemporary Publication - This image has been published in Wilfred Thesiger, Desert, Marsh and Mountain: The World of a Nomad (London, 1979), pp.208-209: '1954, the year of the great floods: a gale, and floodwater six feet deep covering the desert on the western edge of the Marshes.' Note that the date given here is incorrect, and that this photograph was in fact taken in 1953. [PG 29/1/2004]

Contemporary Publication - This image has been published in Wilfred Thesiger, Visions of a Nomad (London, 1987), pp.162-163: 'A gale in the Marshes during the great floods of 1954, when large areas of desert country to the west were submerged to six feet or more.' Note that the date given here is incorrect, and that this photograph was in fact taken in 1953. [PG 29/1/2004]

Contemporary Publication - This image has been published in Wilfred Thesiger, My Life and Travels: An Anthology, ed. Alexander Maitland (London, 2002), between pp.150 and 151: 'Floodwater, six feet deep, roughened by a gale, covers the desert on the western edge of the Marshes. In 1954, the year of the great floods, life in the Marshes "went on much as usual, inconvenienced but not seriously affected by the disaster that overwhelmed much of Iraq."' [PG 28/10/2008]