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Claude-Joseph Portier Algérie photograph album, circa 1867

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Portier (Claude Joseph) Algérie

Scope and Content of Collection

The album of 29 albumen photographs of Algiers and environs contains seventeen mounts bearing single photographs, followed by three mounts each bearing four carte-de-visite-sized photographs. The album opens with a view of Algiers as seen from across its bay. It is followed by views of the streets and mosques of the city. The last three of the single-image mounts contain an image of a robed man sitting under a tree alongside a country road; and two views of the Chiffa gorges, the second of which shows Portier's coach from the rear, bearing the address of his first studio at 7, rue Napéolon. The carte-de-visite-sized photographs at the end of the album are studio portraits of individuals identified as Algerian "types," such as "Maure d'Algérie" and "Juive," rather than by the sitters' names.

The album is quarter-bound in red morocco and red cloth with title gilt-stamped on the front cover. Seventeen mounts bear the photographer's imprint below the lower right corner of image: C. Portier, Phot. Fifteen of these mounts have French captions printed below the images. Three mounts, each containing four carte-de-visite-sized photographs, have printed captions beneath each image on the mount.


The archive is arranged in a single series: .
Series I. Claude-Joseph Portier Algérie Photograph Album, circa 1867

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