Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Vues de Phénicie, de Judeé, des pays de Moab et de Petra: photographiées par M.
Vignes Lieutenant de vaisseau pendant son voyage, en 1864, avec le duc de Luynes de Beyrouth
á la mer Rouge et son retour avec M. Lartet de Jérusalem á Damas par la rive gauche du
Date (inclusive): 1864
(58 photographic prints)
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The album records the Duc de Luynes's
1864 expedition to the Dead Sea with the photographs arranged according to the expedition
itinerary, starting at Beirut and concluding with a view of the source of the Hasbany
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Louis Vignes (1831-1896) was a French naval officer who, in 1864 as a young lieutenant,
accompanied Honoré Paul Joseph d'Albert, duc de Luynes, on his expedition to the Dead Sea
region, having been trained as a photographer by Charles Negre prior to their departure.
The expedition included Vignes, geologist Louis Lartet, naturalist Dr. Combe, and the duke
himself, who accompanied the expedition as far as Petra. Vignes's photographs were
reproduced as photogravures by Charles Negre in the duke's account of the expedition,
Voyage d'exploration à la mer Morte, à Petra, et sur la rive gauche du
, published in 1875 eight years after his death.
After the expedition Vignes continued his dual careers as photographer and naval officer,
eventually achieving the rank of vice admiral and becoming the Inspecteur général de la
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Vues de Phénicie, de Judeé, des pays de Moab et de Petra, 1864, The Getty Research
Institute, Accession no. 2012.R.14
Acquired in 2012.
Processed and cataloged by Beth Ann Guynn.
Scope and Content of Collection
The album records the Duc de Luynes's 1864 expedition to the Dead Sea with the photographs
arranged according to the expedition itinerary, starting at Beirut and concluding with a
view of the source of the Hasbany River. The expedition covered both the west and east sides
of the Jordan River and the Dead Sea. Included are views of Nablus, the ruins of Araq
el-Emir, the fortified hilltop palace Machaerus, the rock-cut architecture of Petra, and the
Greco-Roman ruins of Gerasa, as well as views of the tributaries and source of the Jordan
The album is bound in blue morocco with gold tooling. The spine is stamped: J. Weber.
Captions in pencil on lower right corner of mounts.
In original order.
Subjects - Places
Araq el-Emir Site (Jordan) -- Description and travel
Petra (Extinct city) -- Antiquities
Jordan River -- Description and travel
Lebanon -- Description and travel
Nablus -- Description and travel
Palestine -- Description and travel
Gerasa (Extinct city) -- Description and travel
Jordan -- Description and travel
Jordan -- Antiquities
Israel -- Description and travel
Dead Sea (Israel and Jordan) -- Description and travel
Genres and Forms of Material
Albumen prints -- Jordan -- 19th century
Albumen prints -- Israel -- 19th century
Albumen prints -- Lebanon -- 19th century