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					From: jbspurr@gmail.com
Date: September 15, 2010

Friends and colleagues,

I would like to bring your attention an upcoming Christie's NY sale of original daguerreotypes taken
by the 19th c. Orientalist, Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey on his Mediterranean tour of 1841-
1844. Many decades ago, a cache of his remarkable photographs were discovered in storage, but
were only really brought to the light in recent years. Christie's first auction of them came in 2003,
the second in 2004. This one will be the third. The views are almost exclusively
topographical. While the majority are of classical and pharaonic sites, many are of Islamic
architecture or cityscapes. In most cases, these are the earliest extant views of the monuments in
question, some of the lesser structures now long gone.. I highly recommend them to those
concerned with the histories of buildings and their urban environs. Istanbul and Ottoman sites,
Jerusalem and Egypt predominate.

Although the vicissitudes of time have left many of these daguerreotypes in less than ideal condition,
the character of this photographic process lends itself to magnification. Consequently, the enlarge
and zoom function on the auction website can be rewarding.

Sale 2396
7 October 2010
A Historic Photographic Grand Tour: Important Daguerreotypes by Joseph-Philibert Girault de
Prangey

http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/searchresults.aspx?intSaleID=22822#action=refine&intSaleID=
22822&sid=5c86e4c5-ba39-4098-942e-e960c87255c2


*For those of you unaware of Girault de Prangey's works:

Souvenirs de Grenade et de l'Alhambra : monuments arabes et moresques de Cordoue, Séville et
Grenade, dessinés et mesurés en 1832 et 1833
Paris : Veith et Hauser, 1837


Essai sur l'architecture des Arabes et des Mores, en Espagne, en Sicile, et en Barbarie,
Paris, A. Hauser [etc.] 1841.

Choix d 'ornements moresques de l'Alhambra : ouvrage faisant suite a l'atlas in-folio Monuments
arabes et moresques de Cordoue, Seville et Grenade /
Paris : A. Hauser, [1842?]

For those of you in Boston, original copies are to be found in Harvard's libraries.

For those who might be disinclined to slog through the catalogue on their own, I list below those lots
of direct interest. I have copied the lot description, usually a quote from the photographer's own
label. In some cases I have added a one line note at the beginning where the lot description is either
mistaken or not particularly illuminating.

Jeff
Lot 21:

JOSEPH-PHILIBERT GIRAULT DE PRANGEY (1804-1892)
64. Magnesie. G[ran]de mosquÈe [probably 1843]
daguerreotype
titled and numbered in ink on a label (affixed to verso)
(9.5 x 8cm.)

Lot 22

View of Ottoman houses on steep incline

JOSEPH-PHILIBERT GIRAULT DE PRANGEY (1804-1892)
132. Constantinople, rue sous le petit champ des morts [probably 1843]
daguerreotype
titled and numbered in ink on a label (affixed to verso)
(9 x 8.5cm.)
Post-Lot Text

Pictured here is a cemetery of note in Constantinople. Called by the French Petit Champ des Morts,
and by the English, after them, the 'Little Burying Ground', it is in fact of immense extent. However,
this is not a quiet and solemn place. Lying between the various suburbs of Pera, this burial ground is
intersected by avenues, which are constantly thronged like public streets. This moving picture of life
abstracts much from the solemnity of death, which the secluded solitude of others so strongly
impresses.' (Thomas Allom, Constantinople and the Scenery of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor,
2006, p. 52)

Lot 23

Detail: base of engaged column:


JOSEPH-PHILIBERT GIRAULT DE PRANGEY (1804-1892)
126. Constantinople, M[osquÈe] de Mahomed 2. S. base colonne. [1843]
daguerreotype
titled and numbered in ink on a label (affixed to verso)
(9.5 x 8cm.)

Lot 26

Bosphorus, view of shoreline w/ fishing platforms, w/ yali in background


JOSEPH-PHILIBERT GIRAULT DE PRANGEY (1804-1892)
147. bis. Bosphore. N. PËcheries [1843]
daguerreotype
titled and numbered in ink on a label (affixed to verso)
(8.5 x 9cm.)

Lot 27

Facade of mosque in decrepit state:
JOSEPH-PHILIBERT GIRAULT DE PRANGEY (1804-1892)
150. Constantinople. 1843. Fontaine pris du T[emple] du Galat
daguerreotype
titled, dated and numbered in ink on a label (affixed to verso)
(19 x 24cm.)

Lot 29

Lovely old Ottoman architecture and free-standing sebil:

JOSEPH-PHILIBERT GIRAULT DE PRANGEY (1804-1892)
154. Skengel Keni. Sybil et rue, 1843
daguerreotype
titled, dated and numbered in ink on a label (affixed to verso)
(19 x 24cm.)

Lot 39

An exception in this list and his oeuvre: a seated couple

JOSEPH-PHILIBERT GIRAULT DE PRANGEY (1804-1892)
273. Beyrouth. ý bord de L'EmitgÈ [1843-1844]
daguerreotype
titled and numbered in ink on a label (affixed to verso)
(9.5 x 8cm.)

Lot 40

Foah (Nile Delta), panorama from the water

JOSEPH-PHILIBERT GIRAULT DE PRANGEY (1804-1892)
87. Fošah, 1842. pris de l'Ile
daguerreotype
titled, dated and numbered in ink on a label (affixed to verso)
(9.5 x 24cm.)


Lot 41

JOSEPH-PHILIBERT GIRAULT DE PRANGEY (1804-1892)
130. Kaire. G. S. G’nem. DÈt[ail]. [1842-1844].
daguerreotype
titled and numbered in ink on a label (affixed to verso)
(12 x 19cm.)


My picturesque harvest, gathered in Cairo.

JOSEPH-PHILIBERT GIRAULT DE PRANGEY


This image shows, in fine detail, the ornately decorated faÁade of the funerary complex of Amir
Ghanim al-Bahlawan, Cairo. Built in 1478
Lot 42

JOSEPH-PHILIBERT GIRAULT DE PRANGEY (1804-1892)
112. Kaire. 1843. G’ma el Hakem. Min[aret]
daguerreotype
titled, dated and numbered in ink on a label (affixed to verso)
(24 x 9.5cm.)

Lot 43

JOSEPH-PHILIBERT GIRAULT DE PRANGEY (1804-1892)
163. Kaire. 1843. G. El Gaoš[a]ly frise.
daguerreotype
titled, dated and numbered in ink on a label (affixed to verso)
(9.5 x 24cm.)

Lot 45

JOSEPH-PHILIBERT GIRAULT DE PRANGEY (1804-1892)
149. Kaire. 1843. G[rand] Amr. CÙtÈ O[uest] (publiÈe)
daguerreotype
titled, dated and numbered in ink on a label (affixed to verso)
manufacturer's rosette stamp in bottom right corner (recto)
(9.5 x 24cm.)

Lot 46

JOSEPH-PHILIBERT GIRAULT DE PRANGEY (1804-1892)
145. Kaire. 1843. G. Beybars. Min[aret]
daguerreotype
titled, dated and numbered in ink on a label (affixed to verso)
(24 x 9.5cm.)

Lot 47

Residence w/ mashrabiyya

JOSEPH-PHILIBERT GIRAULT DE PRANGEY (1804-1892)
145. Rosette. 1842. Fabriques et palmiers
daguerreotype
titled, dated and numbered in ink on a label (affixed to verso)
(24 x 19cm.)

Lot 64

JOSEPH-PHILIBERT GIRAULT DE PRANGEY (1804-1892)
[JÈrusalem, Haram al Sharif, mur ý l'Ouest, 1844]
daguerreotype
(9.5 x 16cm.)

Lot 65
JOSEPH-PHILIBERT GIRAULT DE PRANGEY (1804-1892)
179. JÈrusalem. Porte de Jaffa. Ch[’te]au de David [1844]
daguerreotype
titled and numbered in ink on a label (affixed to verso)
(12 x 19cm.)

Lot 67

JOSEPH-PHILIBERT GIRAULT DE PRANGEY (1804-1892)
[Jerusalem, Al Wad, rue dans la vieille ville, 1844]
daguerreotype
(19 x 12cm.)

Lot 68

Despite description, the Golden Gate is not represented in this view of a significant, fortified site, but
unlike any I know for Jerusalem

JOSEPH-PHILIBERT GIRAULT DE PRANGEY (1804-1892)
196. JÈrusalem. Porta aurea. [1844]
daguerreotype
titled and numbered in ink on a label (affixed to verso)
(12 x 19cm.)

Lot 69

Again, no view including the Golden Gate

JOSEPH-PHILIBERT GIRAULT DE PRANGEY (1804-1892)
[JÈrusalem, fortifications Porta Aurea, 1844]
daguerreotype
manufacturer's rosette stamp in top left corner (recto)
(9.5 x 24cm.)


Lot 70

Again, no view of the Golden Gate; variant of Lot 69

JOSEPH-PHILIBERT GIRAULT DE PRANGEY (1804-1892)
[JÈrusalem, Porta Aurea, 1844]
daguerreotype
(9.5 x 24cm.)

Lot 71

Fine view of Haram al-Sharif from NW w/ the Dome of the Rock (center), Jami' al-Aqsa (right
background

JOSEPH-PHILIBERT GIRAULT DE PRANGEY (1804-1892)
220. JÈrusalem. 1844. G[ran]de MosquÈe prise de la Porte S[ud] M...
daguerreotype
titled, dated and numbered in ink on a label (affixed to verso)
(19 x 24cm.)

Lot 72

?? View of interior of the Citadel?

JOSEPH-PHILIBERT GIRAULT DE PRANGEY (1804-1892)
186. JÈrusalem. H’ram el CharÓfe. prise du S[ud] [1844]
daguerreotype
titled and numbered in ink on a label (affixed to verso)
(12 x 19cm.)

Lot 73

Similar to Lot 72

JOSEPH-PHILIBERT GIRAULT DE PRANGEY (1804-1892)
186. JÈrusalem. H’ram el CharÓfe. prise du S[ud] [1844]
daguerreotype
titled and numbered in ink on a label (affixed to verso)
(12 x 19cm.)

				
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