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    Title: Claude-Joseph Portier Algérie photograph album
    Date (inclusive): circa 1867
    Number: 2017.R.17
    Creator/Collector: Portier, C. (Claude-Joseph), 1841-1910
    Physical Description: 1 Linear Feet (1 box)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles 90049-1688
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10020/askref
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: An album of 29 photographs of Algiers and environs taken by Claude-Joseph Portier circa 1867.
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    Language: Collection material is in French.

    Biographical / Historical

    The French-born photographer Claude-Joseph Portier (24 May 1841-9 May 1910) operated a photography studio in Algiers from the 1860s until some time after 1880 when his name disappears from the city directories.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Claude-Joseph Portier Algérie Photograph Album, circa 1867, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2017.R.17.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Acquired in 2017.

    Processing Information

    The finding aid was written by Beth Ann Guynn in 2018.

    Digitized items

    Digitized by the repository in 2018. The images are available online:

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The album of 29 albumen photographs of Algiers and environs contains seventeen mounts bearing single photographs, followed by three mounts each bearing four carte-de-visite-sized photographs. The album opens with a view of Algiers as seen from across its bay. It is followed by views of the streets and mosques of the city. The last three of the single-image mounts contain an image of a robed man sitting under a tree alongside a country road; and two views of the Chiffa gorges, the second of which shows Portier's coach from the rear, bearing the address of his first studio at 7, rue Napéolon. The carte-de-visite-sized photographs at the end of the album are studio portraits of individuals identified as Algerian "types," such as "Maure d'Algérie" and "Juive," rather than by the sitters' names.
    The album is quarter-bound in red morocco and red cloth with title gilt-stamped on the front cover. Seventeen mounts bear the photographer's imprint below the lower right corner of image: C. Portier, Phot. Fifteen of these mounts have French captions printed below the images. Three mounts, each containing four carte-de-visite-sized photographs, have printed captions beneath each image on the mount.


    The archive is arranged in a single series: .Series I. Claude-Joseph Portier Algérie Photograph Album, circa 1867

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Topics

    Streets -- Algeria -- Algiers
    Mosques -- Algeria -- Algiers
    Indigenous peoples -- Algeria -- Portraits
    Gorges -- Algeria -- Algiers

    Subjects - Places

    Algiers (Algeria) -- Description and travel

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photographs, Original
    Studio portraits -- Algeria -- 19th century
    Photograph albums -- Algeria -- 19th century
    Cartes-de-visite -- Algeria -- 19th century
    Albumen prints -- Algeria -- 19th century


    Portier, C. (Claude-Joseph), 1841-1910