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Middle Eastern and North African Portraits, circa 1860-circa 1889

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Title: Middle Eastern and North African Portraits
Dates: circa 1860-circa 1889
Number: 93.R.31
Extent: 21.0 photographic prints
Abstract: Studio portraits or other posed shots of indigenous Middle Eastern and North African individuals, produced for a European audience.
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Language: Collection material is in French
Repository: The Getty Research Institute
Special Collections
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
(310) 440-7390
Author: Finding aid prepared by Beth Guynn

Biographical/Historical Note

The photographs in this collection were taken in the Middle East and North Africa by various photographers, known and unknown, between the 1860s and 1880s.


Scope and Content of Collection

Subjects of these albumen prints include women in native costume (including a Jewish woman and a Greek woman); native types and trades (porters, a grocer, Arab theologians, musicians and dancers); and genre scenes (checkers players, Arab café, interior courtyard). The countries represented by these images include Algeria, Egypt, Syria, and Tunisia.

Photographers are identified for 12 of the photographs: Sébah (4); Arnoux (2); Bonfils (2); H. Béchard (1); Hammerschmidt (1); Lékégian (1); Zangaki (1). Nine images are by unidentified photographers. Most prints are unmounted. Captions are transcribed as they appear in negative or on verso, as indicated.

Arrangement

No discernible original order; arranged by cataloger. Grouped by photographer.


Restrictions

Access

Open for use by qualified researchers.

Publication Rights

Contact Library Rights and Reproductions.


Indexing Terms

Subjects - Topics

Clothing and dress--Africa, North
Clothing and dress--Middle East
Indigenous peoples--Africa, North--Portraits
Indigenous peoples--Middle East--Portraits
Occupations--Africa, North
Occupations--Middle East

Genres and Forms of Material

Albumen prints--1860-1889
Albumen prints--Africa, North--1860-1889
Albumen prints--Middle East--1860-1889
Photographs, Original--19th century
Studio portraits--19th century
Studio portraits--Africa, North--19th century
Studio portraits--Middle East--19th century

Contributors

Arnoux, Hippolyte
Bonfils, Félix, 1831-1885
Béchard, Henri
Hammerschmidt, W., d. 1869
Lékégian, G.
Sébah, J. Pascal
Zangaki, Constantin

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Middle Eastern and North African portraits, circa 1860-circa 1889, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 93.R.31

http://hdl.handle.net/10020/cifa93r31

Acquisition Information

Acquired in 1993.

Processing History

Processed and cataloged by Beth Guynn; finding aid encoded by Holly Larson with grant funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).


Container List

Middle Eastern and North African portraits
Box
1 Unidentified photographers
1 93.R.91-1 Costume juive de la Tunisie
Numbered on verso: 135.
1 93.R.91-2 Epicier Arabe
Written on verso.
1 93.R.91-3 Jouers d'échecs
Numbered in negative: 1336.
1 93.R.91-4 Three male musicians and dancers
Title devised by cataloger.
In negative: 31.
1 93.R.91-5 Femme grecque
Written on verso.
1 93.R.91-6 Seated woman with large jug
Title devised by cataloger. Numbered in negative: 14. Studio portrait.
1 93.R.91-7 Negro d'Alger
Numbered in negative: 1331.
1 93.R.91-8 Three women, one with basket of fruit on her head
Title devised by cataloger. Numbered in negative: 830. Studio portrait.
1 93.R.91-9 Woman seated on rocks with urn
Title devised by cataloger. Numbered in negative: No. 239. Studio portrait.
1 Arnoux, Hippolyte
1 93.R.91-10 Tollahs Porteuses d'eau
Title in negative: Arnoux...1360, Port Said.
1 93.R.91-11 Miscellaneous [food?] stuff merchant and his customers
Title handwritten on verso. Numbered and initialed in negative: Arnoux, H., 168.
Box
2 93.R.91-12 Boab (Portiers)
Title in negative: Béchard, Henri, No. 60.
2 Bonfils, Félix
2 93.R.91-13 Groupe de Bedouins Syriennes
Title in negative: Bonfils...
2 93.R.91-14 Lukkois vidant leurs outres
Title in negative: Bonfils, 673.
2 93.R.91-15 Navich girl
Title in negative: Hammerschmidt, G.
2 93.R.91-16 Type Fellah
Title and number in negative: Lékégian, G., No. 312. Attribution: Photo Art A. Lekegian & Co.
2 Sébah, J. Pascal
All captions in negative.
2 93.R.91-17 Theologians arabes
Title and number in negative: Sébah, P., No. 380.
2 93.R.91-18 Café arabe (á Gyzéh)
Title and number in negative: P. Sébah Phot., No. 43 bis.
2 93.R.91-19 Interieur d'une coeur arabe
Title and number in negative: Sébah, P., 136.
2 93.R.91-20 Hámal (Porteur d'eau)
Title and number in negative: Sébah, P., 264.
2 93.R.91-21 Shalom Alek
Title and number in negative: Zangaki, Constantin, No. 411.
Woman with baby greeting man in window.