Finding Aid for Views of Algeria, 1856-1860s

Finding aid prepared by Beth Guynn

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
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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


Open for use by qualified researchers.

Publication Rights

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

Container List


Views of Algeria

Box 1

Province of Algeria

Box 1

93.R.24-1 Kobeur Roumïa, Tombeau de la Chrétienne, Sépulture des Rois de Mauritanie sur le bord de la mer

Scope and Content Note

Entre Sidi Ferruch et Tipaza. No. 121.
In pencil in upper left image: 21.
Box 1

Province of Constantine

Box 1

93.R.24-2 El Kantara: Oasis d'El Kantara, Vue prise du Dar-Diaf, Sahara

Scope and Content Note

In pencil in upper right image: 19.
Box 1


Box 1

93.R.24-3 Palmiers, Oasis de Biskra

Scope and Content Note

On label: no. 257, Sahara
Box 1

93.R.24-4 Halte de Chameaux dans le Désert, Oasis de Biskra, Sahara

Scope and Content Note

In pencil in upper right image: 13.
Box 1

93.R.24-5 Sidi ben Fedhal, mosquée du 12me siècle

Scope and Content Note

On label: Oasis du vieux Biskra, no. 273 Sahara.
Box 1

93.R.24-6 La Casbah, Oasis du vieux Biskra, Sahara

Scope and Content Note

In pencil in upper right image: 7.
Box 1

93.R.24-7 Milianah: Vue Générale de Milianah

Box 1


Box 1

93.R.24-8 Constantine et le Ravin

Scope and Content Note

In pencil in upper right image: 18.
Box 1

93.R.24-9 Constantine, Vue prise du Bardo

Scope and Content Note

In pencil in upper right image: 3.
Box 1

93.R.24-10 Galerie Basse, du Palais de Constantine

Scope and Content Note

In pencil in lower left image: 8.
Box 1

Province of Oran

Box 1


Box 1

93.R.24-11 Porte d'Aghadir, Tlemçin

Scope and Content Note

Numbered on label: 394[?] In pencil in upper right image: 29.
Box 1

93.R.24-12 Djemma El-Afra, Tlemcen

Scope and Content Note

In pencil in upper right image: 14.
Box 1

Unidentified sites

Box 1

93.R.24-13 Tribu dans la desert

Scope and Content Note

In pencil in lower right.
Box 1

93.R.24-14 View of a village with palm grove

Scope and Content Note

Title devised by cataloger.
In lower left negative: n. 66.