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Guide to the Hippolyte Arnoux Egypt photographs, 1860-1869

Summary

Collection comprises 94 albumen photographs (22 x 28 cm) of Egypt, mounted in two volumes. For the photographs, Hippolyte Arnoux teamed up with the Zangaki photographic studio, probably during the 1860s. Images include mosques at Assan, Hambro, and El Azhar, along with the Palace of Shubra, the Cairo Citadel, Luxor, Thebes, Colossi of Memnon, Edfu, Philae, Karnak, and other monuments and temples, as well as many ancient Egyptian bas reliefs and sculpture. Arnoux's photographs of the Suez Canal are also present. The compositions often include every day Egyptians or street scenes. Many of the photographs were numbered and labeled in French on the negative; others feature brief, handwritten French captions in black ink. The photographs in these volumes were likely selected by an unknown purchaser to be bound together.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11081
Title
Hippolyte Arnoux Egypt photographs
Date
1860-1869
Extent
1.8 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection comprises 94 albumen photographs (22 x 28 cm) of Egypt, mounted in two volumes. For the photographs, Hippolyte Arnoux teamed up with the Zangaki photographic studio, probably during the 1860s. Images include mosques at Assan, Hambro, and El Azhar, along with the Palace of Shubra, the Cairo Citadel, Luxor, Thebes, Colossi of Memnon, Edfu, Philae, Karnak, and other monuments and temples, as well as many ancient Egyptian bas reliefs and sculpture. Arnoux's photographs of the Suez Canal are also present. The compositions often include every day Egyptians or street scenes. Many of the photographs were numbered and labeled in French on the negative; others feature brief, handwritten French captions in black ink. The photographs in these volumes were likely selected by an unknown purchaser to be bound together. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts.

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[Identification of item], Hippolyte Arnoux Egypt photographs, 1860-1869, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Egypte, volume 1
Volume 1
Egypte, volume 2
Volume 2
 

Historical Note

Hippolyte Arnoux (active ca. 1860 - ca. 1890) was a French photographer and publisher. During the 1860s, he documented the excavation of the Suez Canal and published the resulting photographs. At the same time, he occasionally worked with the Port Said photographic studio, Adelphoi Zangaki. In the late 1860s, Arnoux was a partner of Antonio Beato.


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Provenance

The Hippolyte Arnoux Egypt photographs, 1860-1869, were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Alice L. Poffinberger, November, 2015