Dec 5, 2007

Algerian Woman

Algerian Woman

late 1850s

Gustave de Beaucorps

(French, 1825–1906)

Albumen print from wet collodion negative

Image: 21.3 x 15.4 cm (8 3/8 x 6 1/16 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1997.45



In some Muslim cultures, portrait photographs were commissioned of women who were completely veiled. However, given that De Beaucorps was a wealthy amateur photographer and art collector, he probably initiated the sitting to document the local costume. After studying photography with Gustave Le Gray in Paris, De Beaucorps photographed in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East between 1857 and 1861.

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