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Ottoman Articles and Illustrations of Soldiers






















Illustrations of Turkmen of Anatolia from Iskandar-namah (The Book of Alexander the Great), 1416
'The Origin of the Janissaries' by J. A. B. Palmer, B.A. pp448-481 in the Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, Volume 35 Issue 2, 1953
Renaissance Turks by George Gush
Article on the Battle of Ankara by Altar Modelling
The Corps of The Janizaries, by Arthur Leon Horniker
Janissary Orta Symbols

A scene with a couple portrayed as 15th century Ottomans, from Dilsūznāmah (Book of Compassion), Bodleian Library ms. Ouseley 133, 1455-56 AD
A scene with courtiers portrayed as 15th century Ottomans from Küllüyat-ı Katibi, TSM R.989, c.1450–60 AD
Ottomans in Khusrau and Shirin, 1498–99AD, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 69.27
Ottoman Soldiers in the Frontispiece of a Sulayman-Name, 15th-century, Ms. T 406, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
Iskandar's (Alexander the Great) search for the 'Water of Life', from a Hamse (quintet), Ottoman, c. 1500AD
Persian & Ottoman Soldiers in a Persian Shahnama of 1501 - Khusrau Parviz and Bahram Chubina fight a second time

Illustrations of Ottomans from the Selīm-nāma by Şūkrī-i Bitlisī of c.1521-25:
   Bayezid II fighting his son Selim at Uğraşdere
   Funeral of Bayezid II
   Selim I fighting his brother Ahmed
   The Batte of Chaldiran, 1514
   Ottomans besieging the Mamluks in Damascus
   Selim I on his deathbed

Tercume-i Sehname, Topkapi Sarai Museum, manuscript Hazine 1116, 1540AD

Illustrations of Ottoman soldiers from the Süleymanname of 1558:
   Suleiman the Magnificent's Culus Ceremony
   The Siege of Rhodes, 1522
   Sultan Suleiman during the Siege of Rhodes, 1522
   Rounding up captives at the siege of Rhodes, 1522
   Sultan Suleiman during the Battle of Mohacs, 1526
   Single Combat at the battle of Mohacs, 1526
   The Deli Sinan fighting against the Hungarian Eugene, 1526
   Kalender Çelebi's Rebellion, Karaçayir, 1527
   Execution of Prisoners by Elephant, Belgrade
   Janissary Recruitment in the Balkans
   The Akinci leader Turhan Bey brings an opponent of high rank down with a lasso
   Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent receives Barbarossa, 1533
   Akinci or Deli with lance and sword, fur hat and animal skin, 1540
   Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent during the Siege of Estolnibelgrad in Hungary, 1543
   Süleyman hunting with Selim, Aleppo, 1553
   Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent during the campaign on Nachivan in the South Caucasus, 1554
   Suleiman the Magnificent receives a Persian Ambassador
   Suleiman the Magnificent giving audience

Battle of Mohacs, 1526 - Turkish miniature, currently on display at the Castle of Szigetvar, Hungary.
Ottoman Sipahis Presenting Severed Heads After the Capture of Temesvár, 1552, from the Futuhat-i Camila. MS. Hazine 1592, Folio 25a
Suleiman at Qasr-i Shirin in Mesopotamia.
Attack on Szigetvár, 1566 - Tatars in the foreground as the vanguard, from the Tarih-i Sultan Süleyman
Suleiman the Magnificent, taken ill during the Szigetvár Campaign, 1566
The Funeral of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, 1566
Sultan Selim - riding between Kutahya and Belgrade, en route to join the Imperial Army, 1568-69

Sehname-i Selim Han, by Seyyid Lokman, 1581
   The Ottoman Army Marching On The City Of Tunis in 1569
   Murder of Ma'sum Beg, the envoy of the Safavid Shah Tahmasp, by Bedouin in the Hijaz.

Illustrations of Ottoman soldiers from the Nusretname by Gelibolulu Mustafa Ali, 1582:
   Departure from the palace of the army for the war, 1578
   Lala Mustafa Pasha in camp after his Victory at Kars, 1578
   The Ottoman Army at Tiflis, 1578
   Banquet given by Lala Mustafa Pasha to the Jannissaries in Izmit

Illustrations of Ottoman soldiers from the Hünername ('Book of Skills') of 1588 by Lokman:
   Bayezid I, "The Thunderbolt," Routs the Crusaders at the Battle of Nicopolis, 1396
   Siege of Belgrade, 1456, by Sultan Mehmed
   Murad II at target shooting with arrows
   Suleiman the Magnificent hunting with Foreign Envoys
   Siege of Belgrade, 1521
   Forces of Suleyman Besieging a Christian Fortress, 1524
   Ottoman Cavalry units participating in the Battle of Mohacs, 1526
   Suleiman the Magnificent and the Battle of Mohacs, 1526
   Siege of Vienna by Suleyman I the Magnificent, 1529
   Moldavian Campaign, 1538
   Siege of Szigetvár, 1566

Illustrations of Ottoman soldiers from the Shahin-Shah-nama or Sehinsehname, by Seyyid Lokman, 1595-97:
   Sultan Murad III's Expedition to Revan
   Occupation of Erevan
   Sultan Murad III, upon the walls of Istanbul, anticipates the arrival of the Safavids
   Osman Pasa and Ja'far Pasa, Ottoman governor of Shirvan, in battle against the Cossacks
   A ceremony of wearing a robe of honour for Vizier Özdemiroğlu Osman Paşa
   Episode from the circumcision ceremonies of the future Mehmed III, in 1582 - a firework display.
   The departure of the prince's party from the Eski Saray, to the Hippodrome.

Illustrations of Ottoman soldiers from the Siyer-i Nebi (Life of the Prophet), 1595:
   The Prophet Muhammad and the Muslim Army at the Battle of Uhud, portrayed as Ottoman soldiers of 1595
   Hamza ibn Abdul Mutallib committed to Islam
   Muhammad and His Army March Against the Meccan
   Muhammad sending waves of horsemen into combat at the Battle of Badr

Mehmed III's Campaign in Hungary, including the Battle of Hacova (Keresztes) in Hungary, 1596
Emperor Timur’s Ambassador in the Presence of Sultan Bayezid Yıldırım (“the Thunderbolt”), 1599-1600AD. British Library. Ms. Or. 5736, f.172b
Eğri Fetihnâmesi by Nakkaš Hasan showing Ottoman soldiers at the Battle of Keresztes (Hacova), c.1600
Battle of Kereztes (Hacova) from the Dīvān of Nadiri, c.1603-17, Topkapi Palace Museum, H. 889

Arab soldiers in 'Abbas Ali in the River Euphrates', c.1600. 'Hadikat us-suada' by Fuzuli, Ms. Or. 12009, British Library
Tatar soldiers joining the army of the mahdi. Miftāh-ı cifrū ī-cāmi’ of Bistami, translated by Şerifī. Istanbul, c.1600. TSM B373

The Tarjumah-i Shahnamah (Translation of Firdawsi's Shahnamah into Turkish by Sharif Amidi). Copied by Darvish 'Abdi, 1616-1620AD
   The soldiers of Afrâsiyâb battle the Iranians for the first time
   Isfandiyar lifts Kuhram, one of Arjasp's captains, above his head by his waistband

Sehname-i Nadiri, 1620s

Ottoman Tüfekçi Soldiers in a Pāshānameh, c. 1630. British Museum, Sloane 3584, folio 20a

Portraits Of Ottoman Sultans
Another Set of Portraits Of Sultans
The Janissaries Use Of Volley Fire During The Long Ottoman-Habsburg War Of 1593-1606 And The Problem Of Origins by Günhan Börekçi
Ottoman Orders of Battle - late 17th-early 18th centuries
Surname-i Vehbi, festival 1720
Hamse (quintet) of the Ottoman Turkish poet Atai, depicting Ottoman, Hungarian & Polish Soldiers, Walters MS. W666, 1721AD
Ottoman Army In The Eighteenth Century: War And Military Reform In The Eastern European Context by Murat Çinar Büyükakça
Surviving Ottoman Flags
Osmanli tekitat ve kiyafet-i 'askeriyesi. / L'Organisation et les Uniformes de L'Armee Ottomanne by Mahmoud Chevket Pasha, 1907. A secondary & tertiary source of late 18th to mid 19th century Ottoman military costume.

Illustrations made by or for Western Europeans:
William Caoursin's The Siege of Rhodes, 1496
The Battle of Krbava in Croatia, by Leonhard Beck, c.1514-6
Illustrations of Ottomans from an album by a Hungarian, Szigetvári Csöbör Balázsv, 1570
Illustrations of Soldiers from Nicolas de Nicolay's Peregrinations faites en Turquie, 1577
A Meeting With A Madcap. Text by I. Fletcher, Figure of Deli by H. Poulten after N. Nicolay, Perigrinations Faites en Turquie 1577
Ottoman Military Illustrations from Hans Weigel's Habitus Praecipuorum Populorum (Trachtenbuch), 1577
Ottoman Soldiers from contemporary European Illustrations by Melchior Lorck, 1570-83
I Turchi. Codex Vindobonensis 8626 of Bartolemeo von Pezzen, 1586 to 1591
De gli habiti antichi, e moderni di diverse parti del mondo libri due by Cesare Vecellio, 1590
Ottoman Military Illustrations from Peter Mundy's Album, A briefe relation of the Turckes, 1618
Ottoman Military Illustrations from Hans Sloan's 'The Habits of the Grand Signor's Court', c.1620
Pictures from the Zamoyski Album, 1640-1648
Ottoman Military Illustrations from the Ralamb Costume Book, 1657
The present state of the Ottoman Empire by Sir Paul Rycaut, 1667
Ottoman Military Prints after Caspar Luyken from Abraham a Sancta Clara's Neu-eröffnete Welt-Galleria, 1703
Paintings of Ottomans by Jean-Baptiste Vanmour, made 1699-1737
Prints of Ottomans after Jean-Baptiste Vanmour, c.1708
Der Kern Turkischer Geschichte (The core of Turkish history), 1739. A secondary source.
Galanterieen der Türken (Gallantries of the Turks) by Christian Wilhelm Kindleben, 1783. Some after Vanmour.
Pictures from Heinrich Friedrich von Diez's Album Costumes Turcs, c.1790
Ottoman Soldiers of 1805 from a Vinkhuijzen album: Vorstellung der vorzuglichsten Gattungen des Türckischen Militairs und ihrer Officiere
Illustrations by Octavien d'Alvimart, in Miller's Costume of Turkey, 1802
Origins and derivatives of Octavien Dalvimart's collection of Turkish costume
Ottomans in the Augsburger Bilder, 1802-1810
Illustrations of Ottomans circa 1809 from Stratford Canning's Pictures of Turkey
Octavien d'Alvimart's illustrations, engraved F.H. Clark, in McLean's The Military Costume of Turkey, 1813
Voyage ŕ Athčnes et ŕ Constantinople ou Collection de portraits, de vues, et de costumes grecs et ottomans by Louis Dupré, 1825
"The fall of Constantinople" by Panagiotos Zografos, 1836
Illustrations of Ottomans by Jean Brindesi, 1855
Album of Turkish Costume Paintings Presented to Alexander III, Tsar of Russia, 1867 - NYPL Digital Collections
Troop types of the Hicks Pasha Expedition to Sudan, 1883
Ottoman Soldiers from other European Illustrations

Mentions of blue cloth for Janissaries in The Travels of Evliya Efendi, 2nd quarter of the 17th century
An extract on Janissaries and other Ottoman soldiers from Constantinople Ancient and Modern, with Excursions to the Shores and Islands of the Archipelago and to the Troad by James Dallaway, 1797
An extract on Janissaries and other Ottoman soldiers from Travels of Ali Bey in Morocco, Tripoli, Cyprus, Egypt, Arabia, Syria, and Turkey. Between the years 1803 and 1807. by Domingo Badía y Leblich, 1816



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