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J. G. Pilter, Tour in Algeria, 1872

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Tour in Algeria

Biographical/Historical Note

The journal was compiled by an Englishman identified as J. G. Pilter. J. G. Pilter may be Sir John George Pilter (1848-1932), a Englishman living in Paris, who was variously Chairman of the Commercial Information Department; President of the British Chamber of Commerce, Paris; Chairman of the British Charitable Fund; Chairman of Hertford British Hospital; and Vice-chairman of the British Schools in Paris. He was a member of the Royal Commission of the 1900 Paris Exhibition. Pilter was a Commander of the Tunisian Order of Nicham Iftikhar (Order of Glory) and a Knight Officer of the Legion of Honour.

Twenty-nine photographs bear credits related to Jean-Joseph-Alfred Sarrault who had photography studios at various times in Versailles and Paris, France, and Constantine and Bougie (Béjaïa), Algeria. In Paris, he was associated with a photographer by the name of Lombard and together they had a photoglyphic factory in Nanterre for producing prints by the photo-etching process. In 1867, Sarrault won a medal at the Universal Exhibition in Paris. Some of his photographs of the 1868 famine in Algeria were published in L'Illustration and were also distributed by Nadar.

Sources consulted:

Dod, Robert Phipps. "Sir John George Pilter." Dod's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, of Great Britain and Ireland…Including All the Titled Classes. London: S. Low, Marston & Company, 1908.

Dupont, Gilles. "Sarrault, Jean Joseph Alfred," Ils on photographie Biskra.

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