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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Views of Algeria
    Date (inclusive): 1856-1860s
    Number: 93.R.24
    Creator/Collector: Moulin, Félix Jacques, b. 1802
    Physical Description: 14.0 photographic prints
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: Images from Algiers, Constantine, and Oran photographed between 1856-1857 and most likely printed in the 1860s.
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    Language: Collection material is in French

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Félix Jacques Moulin, photographer of genre subjects, nudes, landscapes, and monuments, was active in Paris in the 1850s-1870s. In 1856-1857 Moulin traveled in Algeria with the express purpose of producing a photographic oeuvre of the region. Moulin returned from Algeria with approximately 448 negatives, 300 of which he published in six volumes entitled "L'Algérie photographique" (1858). He and his family printed and sold images from this group throughout the late 1850s-1860s, and they were also used as illustrations in both photographic journals and the popular press.

    Administrative Information


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    Preferred Citation

    Views of Algeria, 1856-1860s, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 93.R.24

    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

    The collection includes mounted albumen images from the three northern Algerian provinces of Algiers, Constantine, and Oran which Moulin toured in 1856-1857. The photographs in this collection were most likely printed in the 1860s.The lone image from the province of Algiers is a view of Kbor Er Roumia, the first century B.C. mausoleum of the Mauritanian kings, near Tipasa, also known as the Tomb of the Christian, which was one of the first sites Moulin visited. Images from the province of Constantine include: four views of the oasis of Biskra, including a view of the remains of the 12th-century mosque of Sidi ben Fedhal and one of the ruins of the ancient casbah; a view of the oasis of El Kantara; a view of the city of Milianah; and three images from the city of Constantine, two of which show the city as situated on the dramatic gorges of the Rummel river, and one of the lower gallery of the palace of Hadj Ahmed, the last bey of Constantine. There are two views of medieval ruins in Tlemcen, Oran: one of the Aghadir Gate, and one of the Djemma El-Afra. There are also two views of unidentified locales, one showing an encampment of a desert tribe, and one of a village showing signs of recent construction and a large palm grove on its outskirts.
    Captions on labels are in French with identification and numbers affixed to the lower right corners of mounts, unless otherwise noted.


    No discernible original order; arranged by cataloger. Arranged by province, then site.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Places

    Algeria--Description and travel
    Algiers (Algeria)--Description and travel
    Constantine (Algeria)--Description and travel
    Oran (Algeria)--Description and travel

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Albumen prints--Algeria--19th century