1939-1940: Turkey, Egypt and Greece

Postcard of the Temple of Jupiter

Photo postcard of the Temple of Jupiter

“Athens is the most interesting place yet. As a city it is much finer than Rome and as for sculpture there is no comparison. I am very glad I came at this time for I have three weeks before the cruise, and I will get to see the Greek Easter.”

Harry Davis, postcard to Donald Mattison, April 6, 1939

Postcard from Olympia

Photo postcard from Olympia

“My trip through the Pelopanesia is about finished. We had 13 hours of mule ride yesterday from Andrizna here. This may seem a funny place for a painter to come, but I have come to appreciate the art of Greece more.”

Harry Davis, postcard to Donald Mattison, April 18, 1939 from Olympia, Greece

Charioteer of Delphi Postcard

Photo postcard of the Charioteer of Delphi

“The Greeks are noted for their good selection of sites for their cities, but Delphi is by far the best. The place itself are surrounded by mountains and valleys that take on the most variation of color I’ve seen. Came up here yesterday by car and I like the way the clouds form around the tops of mountains. The charioteer exceeds my expectations.”

Harry Davis, postcard to Donald Mattison, April 22, 1939

Postcard of Rodi

Photo postcard from the Isle of Rhodes

“The vases that were turned out here were the finest in the world, and if I had the money I would collect a few. They are marvels of craftsmanship. What a lovely island, like a garden.”

Harry Davis, postcard to Donald Mattison, May 1, 1939 from the island of Rhodes

Postcard of the Aya Sofya, Istanbul

Photo postcard of the Aya Sofya, Istanbul

“This is the dirtiest city I was ever in, but the mosques here are like jewels. The trip takes things in pretty much of a hurry but I think 2 days is long enough for any American here.”

Harry Davis, postcard to Donald Mattison, May 4, 1939 from Istanbul, Turkey

In early 1940 Davis and four other people traveled to Egypt, and visited Athens, Greece prior to returning to Rome.

“I am very much excited about the trip for I know what a swell time we will have, and how much good I will get from seeing Egypt. We will spend three weeks there going down the Nile as far as Assuan.”

Harry Davis, letter to Donald Mattison, January 19, 1940

Postcard from Cairo

Postcard from Cairo

“I am leaving Cairo tomorrow for Luxor and Karnak. I’ve been on the go ever since I got here and I’ve seen a lot. I just got through the upper floor of the museum today. I think people are right when they say it gets under your skin to see this country. I never saw such beauty of workmanship, ever.”

Harry Davis, postcard to Donald Mattison, February 1, 1940 from Cairo, Egypt

Postcard of Egypt

Photo postcard of the Valley of the Tombs of the Kings

“This picture was taken in the Valley of the Tombs of the Kings, and the largest opening is that of Tut-anch-amen. There are 60 tombs in this valley and yesterday I saw about 6 of them. They were the best and some of them have frescoes that are in perfect condition. In many of the tombs that were never finished, you can see how they worked. They really know good color and draftsmanship, and what beauty of design. Today I’m going out to Karnak again.”

Harry Davis, postcard to Donald Mattison, February 8, 1940

1939-1940: Turkey, Egypt and Greece