The collection comprises a group of 33
portraits from Jacques-Philippe Potteau's Collection anthropologique du Muséum de Paris. The
sitters include soldiers from the Tirailleurs algériens; members of diplomatic staff from
French Cochinchina and Annam to Paris; Bohemians; and Swedes. Present are 12 pairs of
frontal and profile portraits of individuals; two full-length seated portraits; a
full-length standing portrait; and three frontal and two profile unmatched
Jacques-Philippe Potteau was a member of the anthropology department of the Muséum
d'histoire naturelle, Paris. Between 1860 and 1869 he made a series of ethnographic
portraits for the museum under the collective title Collection anthropologique du Muséum de
Paris. In 1862 Potteau succeeded Louis Rousseau as the departmental photographer. Potteau
showed his work at the London Photography Exhibit in 1862 and 1863, and the 1863 Paris
International Photography Exhibit.
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