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Creswell was an English historian and a pioneer of scholarship on medieval Islamic architecture. His architectural and photographic records along with his monumental books, represent today a unique account of the architectural heritage of the region. He is considered one of the first scholars to use photography comprehensively in the study of Islamic architecture. The V&A acquired more than 3,300 of his prints between 1921 and 1939.
The research for this display was supported by the Barakat Trust.