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Maximilien-Étienne-Émile Barry, Mission scientifique de Mr. Ernest Chantre
2018.R.23  
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    Title: Maximilien-Étienne-Émile Barry, Mission scientifique de Mr. Ernest Chantre sous-directeur du Muséum de Lyon dans la haute Mésopotamie, le Kurdistan et le Caucase
    Date (inclusive): 1881
    Number: 2018.R.23
    Creator/Collector: Barry, Maximillien-Étienne-Émile, 1843-1910
    Physical Description: 2.75 Linear Feet (2 boxes: 57 photographs on 56 sheets and 1 map in 1 portfolio)
    Repository:
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles 90049-1688
    reference@getty.edu
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10020/askref
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: The portfolio documenting Ernest Chantre's scientific mission to the Caucasus, Kurdistan and Mesopotamia, undertaken between March and September 1881, contains 57 albumen photographs taken by Captain Maximilien-Étienne-Émile Barry and one lithographed map showing the expedition's route. The photographs primarily document the Kurdistan portion of the mission which began in Trabzon, on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey, and proceeded on to Poti, Kutaisi, Goti and Tbilisi in the Caucasus. During the expedition Chantre explored some of the oldest continuously inhabited towns and cities in the world. The photographs record both ancient archaeological and contemporary urban sites. Portraits of inhabitants encountered along the way include those of Mingrelian, Kurdish and Armenian peoples. Also present are scenes of daily life and landscapes.
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    Language: Collection material is in French.

    Biographical / Historical

    Maximilien-Étienne-Émile Barry (1843-1910), the son of a history professor in Toulouse, France, was a career military officer who rose to the rank of Brigadier General. In 1881, when a captain, he obtained a five-month leave to accompany Ernest Chantre's scientific mission to the Caucasus, Kurdistan and Mesopotamia. As a colonel he organized the defense of Le Havre in 1899.
    Sources consulted:
    ______, "Maximilien-Étienne-Émile Barry," http://military-photos.com/barry.htm

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Maximilien-Étienne-Émile Barry, Mission scientifique de Mr. Ernest Chantre sous-directeur du Muséum de Lyon dans la haute Mésopotamie, le Kurdistan et le Caucase, 1881, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2018.R.23.
    http://hdl.handle.net/10020/cifa2018r23

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Acquired in 2018.

    Processing Information

    Beth Ann Guynn and Nieves Maria Rocha processed the collection and wrote the finding aid in 2019.

    Digitized Material

    The collection was digitized by the repository in 2019 and the images are available online:
    http://hd;.handle.net/10020/cifa2018r23

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The French archaeologist and anthropologist, Ernest Chantre (1843-1924), was the assistant director of the Muséum de Lyon, and was an instructor in anthropology and geology. Between 1873 and 1913 he took part in several scientific missions to Kurdistan, Asia Minor, and North Africa. His illustrated monographs recording his expeditions include five volumes on the Caucasus; two on Tripoli, Tunis and Algeria; and one each on Transcaucasia, Cappadocia and Egypt and Nubia.
    The portfolio documenting Ernest Chantre's scientific mission to the Caucasus, Kurdistan and Mesopotamia, undertaken between March and September 1881, contains 57 albumen photographs on 56 sheets and one lithographed map showing the expedition's route. The photographs, taken by Captain Maximilien-Étienne-Émile-Barry, mainly chart the Kurdistan portion of the mission that began in Trabzon, on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey, and proceeded on to Poti, Kutaisi, Goti and Tbilisi in the Caucasus. The expedition's route then turned south into Armenia, visiting Yerevan, and heading on to Diyarbakir (Diarbékir), Turkey and Orfa, Syria in northern Kurdistan, before ending in Aleppo. During the expedition Chantre explored some of the oldest continuously inhabited towns and cities in the world. Barry's photographs record both archaeological sites and contemporary urban views. Portraits of inhabitants encountered along the way include Mingrelian, Kurdish and Armenian peoples; some local notables are identified by name. Also present are scenes of daily life and landscapes.
    The portfolio has tan covers with string ties; the title is printed in black on the front board. Each mount bears the running title printed above the image: Mission scientifique de Mr. Ernest Chantre sous-directeur du Muséum de Lyon dans la haute Mésopotamie, le Kurdistan et le Caucase ; below the title twenty-three mounts include a wet-stamped credit line: Photographie de Mr. le Capitaine Barry. Image titles are handwritten below each photograph. Forty-three photographs are numbered in the negative.

    Arrangement

    The portfolio is arranged in a single series: Series I. Mission scientifique de Mr. Ernest Cantre sous-directeur du Muséum de Lyon dans la haute Mésopotamie, le Kurdistan et le Caucase, 1881.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Chantre, Ernest, 1843-1924

    Subjects - Places

    Kurds -- Middle East -- Portraits
    Caucasia -- Description and travel
    Kurdistan -- Description and travel

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Albumen prints -- Kurdistan -- 19th century
    Portfolios (groups of works) -- Kurdistan -- 19th century
    Photographs, Original

    Contributors

    Barry, Maximillien-Étienne-Émile, 1843-1910