Finding Aid for the Rusicade: théâtre romain, Philippeville Album, 1895

Beth Guynn

Descriptive Summary

Title: Rusicade : théâtre romain, Philippeville Album
Date (inclusive): 1895
Number: 90.R.1
Creator/Collector: Ranoux, Henri
Physical Description: 1 album(s) (30 photographic prints)
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Abstract: Album of cyanotypes and text recording archaeological investigations at the ancient site of Rusicada.
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Language: Collection material is in French

Biographical/Historical Note

Henri Ranoux was an architect and archaeologist. The author of the text, Louis Bertrand, was the head of the Philippeville Museum at the site of Rusicada (now known as Skikda) in Algeria, and professor at the Lycée in Bugeaud (Algeria) from 1891-1900. He wrote numerous travel books, histories, and novels.

Administrative Information


Open for use by qualified researchers.

Publication Rights

Preferred Citation.

Rusicade : théâtre romain, Philippeville album, 1895, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 90.R.1

Acquisition Information

Acquired in 1990.

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 cyanotypes records archaeological investigations at the ancient site of Rusicada, once an important port in the Roman period. The site was entirely built over during the French occupation of Algeria and its monuments are only known in several 19th-century drawings. Objects from the site were first displayed in an open-air museum and later in the Philippeville Museum. The museum was destroyed between 1954-1962 and the objects housed there were removed for safekeeping. This album depicts many of the objects, not illustrated in the 1896 museum catalog, as they were displayed in the earlier open-air museum.
Included are views of the architectural remains, with a plan of the Roman theater, and the finds, consisting mainly of sculpture, ceramics, and a mosaic, all of which were displayed in the open-air museum near the theater. Several objects representing the cult of Mithras are represented.
Text consists of captions to photos, with detailed measurements given for the objects depicted. Titles from captions. Measurements, etc. are not transcribed.


In original order.

Indexing Terms

Subjects - Topics

Excavations (Archaeology) -- Algeria -- Skikda
Theaters -- Algeria -- Skikda
Architecture, Roman -- Algeria -- Skikda
Art, Roman -- Algeria -- Skikda

Subjects - Places

Rome - Antiquities
Skikdah (Algeria) -- Antiquities, Roman

Genres and Forms of Material

Cyanotypes -- Algeria -- 19th century


Bertrand, Louis
Ranoux, Henri

Container List


Rusicade: théâtre romain, Philippeville album


90.R.1-1 Théâtre romain et Musée en plein air


90.R.1-2 Partie d'un bas relief en marbre blanc, colonnee brisée en marbre blanc


90.R.1-3 M. Henri Ranoux, Architecte, moulin romain trouvé à St. Charles, arrondt. de Philippeville (17 k.)

Scope and Content Note

Entré par mes soins au musée.

90.R.1-4 Fragment supéurier d'une colonne milliaire, en marbre blanc, statue de l'empereur Hadrian,? en marbre blanc


90.R.1-5 Dolium trouvé dans des fouilles, en Mai 1892, et entré par mes soins au musée


90.R.1-6 Sarcophage en marbre blanc, porte entr' ouverte


90.R.1-7 Sarcophage marbre blanc


90.R.1-8 Sarcophage marbre blanc


90.R.1-9 Sarcophages d'enfants; marbre blanc


90.R.1-10 Statue de femme, marbre blanc, statue municipale, marbre blanc, statue de l'empereur Antonin,? marbre blanc


90.R.1-11 Divers ornaments d'architecture


90.R.1-12 [Two Bas-reliefs, and the Bottom Portion of a Statuette]

Scope and Content Note

In caption: Bas-relief, marbre blanc, sacrifice d'un taureau; partiê inférieure d'une statuette, marbre blanc; fragment de bas-relief, marbre blanc, scéne au bord de la mer.

90.R.1-13 [Three Statues, a Manhole Cover, and a Dado]

Scope and Content Note

In caption: Statue de femme, marbre blanc; statue de la déesse Hygie, marbre blanc; statue de femme, marbre blanc; regard d'égout, en grès; dé en marbre blanc, avec inscription.

90.R.1-14 Sarcophage, marbre blanc, scaphium, marbre blanc

Scope and Content Note

Note below sarcophage: Retrouvé et reconstitué par mes soins en 1892. A l'angle droit, un joueur de flúte, à peine ébauché.

90.R.1-15 Pierres de Canalisation, statue gronière en grès, vase en marbre rose, entrouvé d'un serpent


90.R.1-16 Musée secret


90.R.1-17 Fragment de colonne, marbre blanc, avec son chapiteau


90.R.1-18 Statuette, marbre blanc


90.R.1-19 Mosaique


90.R.1-20 Lampes au terre cuite


90.R.1-21 Poteries


90.R.1-22 Pierre en marbre blanc trés ordinaire


90.R.1-23 Statuette, marbre blanc


90.R.1-24 Fragment de pomme de pin, marbre blanc, fragment de statuette, marbre blanc, tête de statue, marbre blanc


90.R.1-25 Buste marbre blanc


90.R.1-26 Tête, marbre blanc, vase marbre blanc, tête, marbre blanc


90.R.1-27 Statuette, marbre blanc


90.R.1-28 Autel votif (marbre blanc)


90.R.1-29 Statuette, marbre blanc


90.R.1-30 Table marbre blanc