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

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Finding Aid for Middle Eastern and North African Portraits, circa 1860-circa 1889

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.




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