INVENTORY OF MIDDLE EASTERN AND NORTH AFRICAN VIEWS AND PORTRAITS, CIRCA 1870-CIRCA 1900

Finding aid prepared by Beth Guynn


Descriptive Summary

Title: Middle Eastern and North African views and portraits
Date (inclusive): circa 1870-circa 1900
Number: 93.R.72
Physical Description: 32.0 photographic prints
Repository:
The Getty Research Institute
Special Collections
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
(310) 440-7390
Abstract: This collection of albumen prints dates from the last quarter of the 19th century and comprises views and portraits from North Africa and the Middle East, some of which are signed Bonfils.
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Language: Collection material is in French and English

Biographical/Historical Note

Eighteen images are signed Bonfils in the negative, and two others are attibuted to Bonfils. The Bonfils family operated a photographic studio in Beirut from 1867 to 1918. Félix Bonfils produced most of the early work; his wife, Lydie, son, Adrien, and various assistants were responsible for the later work. One image is attributed to Henri Béchard, who was active in Egypt in the 1870s and 1880s.

Administrative Information

Access

Open for use by qualified researchers.

Publication Rights

Preferred Citation

Middle Eastern and North African views and portraits, circa 1870-circa 1900, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 93.R.72

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).

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection of albumen prints dates from the last quarter of the 19th century and comprises three groups of images: eight unmounted photographs; 16 photographs mounted recto and verso on eight loose blue album leaves; eight photographs mounted recto and verso on four loose buff album leaves. Four of the unmounted photographs and 14 of those mounted on blue leaves are signed Bonfils. These images include studio or otherwise posed portraits of camel drivers, Bedouin musicians, Egyptian dancers and singers, and a variety of young women identified as "mauresque," Egyptian or Turkish, plus one image of a group of young girls on a road near Mt. Carmel. Geographic locales include Algeria (a mosque and a neighborhood vegetable stand); Syria (Baalbek, a palace door); and Rhodes (rue des Chevaliers).
Images in the group on buff leaves, all unsigned (though two are attributed on the mount to Bonfils), are from an album compiled by an English couple touring Egypt and vicinity. Captioned locales include Luxor (Thebes), the pyramids and Petra, and include date of visit. Of particular interest are two images of a man and woman in European dress ascending and descending the Great Pyramid at Giza with the assistance of many local guides (attributed on mount to Béchard).

Arrangement

Arranged in three series: ; ; .Series I. Photographic prints mounted on blue album leaves Series II. Photographic prints mounted on buff album leaves Series III. Photographic prints, unmounted

Indexing Terms

Subjects - Topics

Musicians--Egypt
Pyramids--Egypt
Women--Middle East--Portraits

Subjects - Places

Africa, North--Description and travel
Ba'labakk (Lebanon)
Middle East--Description and travel

Genres and Forms of Material

Albumen prints--19th century

Contributors

Bonfils, Félix, 1831-1885
Béchard, Henri


Container List

 

Series I. Photographic prints mounted on blue album leaves

Physical Description: 1.25 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Loose photos and those mounted on blue leaves have captions in negative in French.
Page 1 recto

93.R.72-1r Bonfils, Femmes egyptiennes, costume de sortie

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 572.
Page 1 verso

93.R.72-1v Groupe de jeune filles D___ Mt. Carmel

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 663.
Page 2 recto

93.R.72-2r Bonfils, Danse des Almée d' _____

Page 2 verso

93.R.72-2v Bonfils, Foueurs de violin bédouins

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 613.
Page 3 recto

93.R.72-3r Bonfils, Touree[?] de chûtes du 'nahr, Ibrahim a Afka

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 1078.
Page 3 verso

93.R.72-3v Bonfils, Liban, Palais Bl___ la porte, Syrie

Page 4 recto

93.R.72-4r Chapiteau dans la mosquée à Balbek

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 1252.
Page 4 verso

93.R.72-4v Bonfils, Chameliers en marche dans le désert

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 703.
Page 5 recto

93.R.72-5r Bonfils, Halté de chamliers dans le désert

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 669.
Page 5 verso

93.R.72-5v Bonfils, Chanteuses arabas au Caire

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 611.
Page 6 recto

93.R.72-6r Bonfils, Dame egyptienne fumant le nargiuleh

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 585.
Page 6 verso

93.R.72-6v Bonfils, Femmes du Caire

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 590[?]
Page 7 recto

93.R.72-7r Bonfils, rue des Chevaliers à Rhodes

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 1285.
Page 7 verso

93.R.72-7v Bonfils, Balbek, Couple de Douris

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 466.
Page 8 recto

93.R.72-8r Bonfils, Jeune femme juive égyptienne

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 600.
Page 8 verso

93.R.72-8v Bonfils, Almée ou danseuse égyptienne

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 594.
 

Series II. Photographic prints mounted on buff album leaves

Physical Description: 0.88 linear foot

Scope and Content Note

Photos mounted on buff leaves have captions in negative in French and/or captions in English in ink on mount; photographer attributions and image numbers also penciled on some mounts in a different hand.
Page 9 recto

93.R.72-9r Femme arabe

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 196. Written on mount in ink: Arab woman. Copy in Jacobson collection, Special Collections accession no. 2008.R.3-3176 is signed in negative: Sebah.
Page 9 verso

93.R.72-9v Luxor (Thebes) 16th Jany

Scope and Content Note

Title written on mount in ink. Written on mount in pencil: on east.
Page 10 recto

93.R.72-10r La Pyramide de Chefre

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 109. Written on mount in ink: The second pyramid from base of Great Pyramid. Written on mount in pencil: Bonfils 109.
Page 10 verso

93.R.72-10v Ascent of the Great Pyramid 30th Jan 7

Scope and Content Note

Title written on mount in ink. Written on mount in pencil: Bechard.
Page 11 recto

93.R.72-11r Descent of the Great Pyramid 30th Jan 7

Scope and Content Note

Title written on mount in ink. Written on mount in pencil: Bechard.
Page 11 verso

93.R.72-11v A Nile Dahabeeah

Scope and Content Note

Title written on mount in ink. Written on mount in pencil: Bonfils # 95.
Page 12 recto

93.R.72-12r Jeune femme arabe

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 179. Written on mount: Arab Woman.
Page 12 verso

93.R.72-12v The Khuzneh, Petra 7th -10th March

 

Series III. Photographic prints, unmounted

Physical Description: 0.88 linear foot

Scope and Content Note

All titles taken from in negative.
Box 2

93.R.72-13 Mauresque (Etude)

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 198.
Young woman.
Box 2

93.R.72-14 Bonfils, Dame turque

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 670.
Box 2

93.R.72-15 Bonfils, Almée Egyptienne

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 605.
Box 2

93.R.72-16 Arabe de _____

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 4592.
Male with hooded cloak.
Box 2

93.R.72-17 Mosquée Sidi ________ Alger

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: No. 176[?] Written on verso: J. Geiser.
Box 2

93.R.72-18 Boutique de moulchou (Alger)

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 103.
Neighborhood vegetable stand.
Box 2

93.R.72-19 Bonfils, Balbek, Débris de frise de l'interieur du temple de Jupiter, Syrie

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 456.
Box 2

93.R.72-20 Bonfils, Chameaux portant les cymbaliers des noces arabes

Scope and Content Note

Numbered in negative: 1464.