Finding Aid of Algerian Cartes-de-Visite Album, circa 1865

Finding aid prepared by Beth Guynn

Descriptive Summary

Title: Algerian Cartes-de-Visite Album
Date (inclusive): circa 1865
Number: 91.R.6
Creator/Collector: Alary & Geiser
Physical Description: 1.0 album(s) (33 photographic prints)
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Abstract: An album produced for a French public, documenting Algerian architecture and indigenous people.
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Language: Collection material is in French

Biographical/Historical Note

Alary & Geiser was a photographic firm of long standing in Algiers. The business was possibly begun by Lucien-Jacob Geiser (1810-1852), an ébeniste by trade, who immigrated to Algeria from Switzerland with his wife Julie and three sons in 1850. Jean-Baptiste Antoine Alary (1810-c. 1867), an early daguerreotypist, probably became involved with the business after the death of Geiser père. Eventually the youngest Geiser son, Jean-Théophile (1848-1923) became involved with the business, running it into the 1920s.

Administrative Information


Open for use by qualified researchers.

Publication Rights

Preferred Citation

Algerian cartes-de-visite album, circa 1865, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 91.R.6.

Acquisition Information

Acquired in 1991.

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 album of albumen cartes-de-visite was produced for a French public and documents Algerian architecture and a variety of indigenous people in both portraits and in more natural outdoor settings. Subjects include architectural interiors and exteriors, nomadic camps with tents and camels, a chess game, Islamic women (veiled garb, odalisques, dancers, pantalooned figures), and Islamic males (laborers, a water porter, horses and riders, a boy in ceremonial dress, a merchant).
This album is bound in dark green leather; brass clasps are missing but the latches remain. Captions are transcribed as on album mounts in pencil except where noted.


In original order.

Indexing Terms

Subjects - Topics

Exoticism in art
Islamic architecture--Algeria
Nomads--Africa, North
Vernacular architecture--Algeria

Subjects - Places

Algeria--Description and travel

Genres and Forms of Material

Albumen prints--Algeria--19th century
Cartes-de-visite--Algeria--19th century
Studio portraits--Algeria--19th century

Container List

Page 1 recto

91.R.6-1r Interieur d'une maison Mauresque

Page 1 verso

91.R.6-1v Interieur de la Casbah /palais des beys (Coup d'evantail)

Page 2 recto

91.R.6-2r Campement d'Arabes

Page 2 verso

91.R.6-2v Campement d'Arabes

Page 3 recto

91.R.6-3r Reclining figure with cigarette

Scope and Content Note

Title devised by cataloger.
Page 3 verso

91.R.6-3v Veiled woman

Scope and Content Note

Title devised by cataloger.
Page 4 recto

91.R.6-4r Interieur d'une caffe[sic] Arabe

Page 4 verso

91.R.6-4v Joueurs d'Echecs

Page 5 recto

91.R.6-5r Jardin de Marengo et Mosqué de Sidi Abder Rhaman[sic]

Page 5 verso

91.R.6-5v Porte d'Isly

Page 6 recto

91.R.6-6r Entrée de l'armée en 1830

Scope and Content Note

On carte-de-visite mount: Porte neuve.
Page 6 verso

91.R.6-6v Group of Arabs outside a door

Scope and Content Note

Title devised by cataloger.
Page 7 recto

91.R.6-7r Spahis

Page 7 verso

91.R.6-7v Chasseur d'Autruche

Page 8 recto

91.R.6-8r Marchand de charbons

Page 8 verso

91.R.6-8v Sort

Page 9 recto

91.R.6-9r Marchand Tunisiez[sic]

Page 9 verso

91.R.6-9v Peintre en batiments

Page 10 recto

91.R.6-10r Chamaux

Page 10 verso

91.R.6-10v Danseuse du désert

Scope and Content Note

Photograph of a painting.
Page 11 recto

91.R.6-11r Porteur d'eau

Page 11 verso

91.R.6-11v Jeune Maure

Page 12 recto

91.R.6-12r Mauresque en tenue

Page 12 verso

91.R.6-12v Mauresque en tenue de ville

Page 13 recto

91.R.6-bl1 Blank page

Page 13 verso

91.R.6-bl2 Blank page

Page 14 recto

91.R.6-14r Danseuse

Page 14 verso

91.R.6-14v Danseuse

Page 15 recto

91.R.6-15r Negresse marchande de date

Page 15 verso

91.R.6-15v Groupe de Mauresques

Page 16 recto

91.R.6-16r Mauresque en négligé

Page 16 verso

91.R.6-16v Marchand Arabe

Page 17 recto

91.R.6-17r Hagah de Millanah[sic]

Page 17 verso

91.R.6-17v Fils du Hagah de Millanah[sic]

Page 18 recto

91.R.6-18r Pacha de Mustapha (Prince)

Page 18 verso

91.R.6-18v Officier de Spahis

Scope and Content Note

Carte-de-visite missing.