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Vues d'Algérie prises au daguerréotype
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    Title: Vues d'Algérie prises au daguerréotype
    Date (inclusive): 1847
    Number: 94.R.3
    Creator/Collector: Bettinger, Théodore
    Physical Description: 22 items (lithographs)
    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: The collection comprises 22 daguerreotypes reproduced as lithographs of Algeria in the 1840s primarily depicting indigenous and colonial architecture in Algiers, Constantine, Stora, Philippeville (Skikda), Blida, and Oran.
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    Language: Collection material is in French .

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Little is known about the French daguerreotypist, Théodore Bettinger, who worked primarily in Algeria.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Vues d'Algérie prises au daguerréotype, 1847, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 94.R.3

    Acquistion Information

    Acquired in 1994.

    Processing History

    Processed and cataloged by Beth Ann Guynn in 2004; finding aid encoded by Holly Larson with grant funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) in 2010. Finding aid revided by Guynn in 2021.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Twenty-two black-and-white and color lithographs of Algeria made in the 1840s emphasize indigenous and colonial architecture in Algiers, Constantine, Stora, Philippeville (Skikda), Blida, and Oran.
    Twelve images of Algiers include panoramic views of the city taken from the ocean, the Casbah, and the port. There are views of the Casbah from outside the city walls, views of the port, and a view of the city walls and fortresses from the ocean. Buildings depicted include the Djamaՙa el Djedid (Mosque of the Fishermen's Wharf) and the Abder-Rahman mosques, buildings along the narrow rue d'Anfreville, and the interior of an Algerian home with men smoking in a trellis-covered courtyard. The European presence is evident in images of Europeans shopping at a market on the Place Mahon, French soldiers outside the city walls, and in a view of the equestrian statue in the Place du Gouvernement commemorating the French conquest of Algeria.
    Six views of Constantine and environs include panoramas of the city, buildings on a cliff above a wooded hillside; an aqueduct running through a gorge; a local encampment and market; and waterfalls in the Oued al Kébir (Rhumel) river.
    Other images include a view of a troop of French soldiers marching in formation at the port village of Stora; a view of Philippeville (Skikda) emphasizing French buildings on the cliffs; a view of Blida showing the Place du marché and surrounding buildings; and a panoramic view of Oran from the water.
    Twenty-one of the lithographs were made after daguerreotypes by the French photographer, Théodore Bettinger. One lithograph is after a drawing by the painter Jules-Michel Chandelier. The lithography was executed by Henri Walter (15 images); Henri Walter and Aubrun (one image); and Jean-Jacques Champin (six images).
    Editor: Wild éditeur, 15, rue de la Banque (Place de la Bourse) Paris. Lithography: Lith. de J. Rigo, Lebref et Cie. Printer (variously): Dubos frères et Marest à Alger; Imp: Decan, 7, rue Richer; or: Imp. Lemercier à Paris.
    Individual print titles are from the captions printed on the mounts. Lithographer and printer credits printed on the sheets are recorded in the individual scope and content notes.


    Arranged in a single series: Series I. Vues d'Algérie prises au daguerréotype, 1847.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Lemercier, Alfred
    Chandelier, Jules-Michel
    Champin, Jean Jacques, 1796-1860
    Walter, Henri, 1934-

    Subjects - Corporate Bodies

    Dubos frères et Marest
    J. Rigo, Lebref et Cie

    Subjects - Topics

    City walls -- Algeria
    Harbors -- Algeria
    Architecture, Colonial -- Algeria
    Streets -- Algeria
    Vernacular architecture -- Algeria
    Islamic architecture -- Algeria
    Mosques -- Algeria

    Subjects - Places

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

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Lithographs -- Algeria -- 19th century
    Prints, French -- 19th century
    Prints, Algerian -- 19th century
    Lithographs -- France -- 19th century


    Bettinger, Théodore