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Album of Mexican and French cartes-de-visite
2000.R.25  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Album of Mexican and French cartes-de-visite
    Date (inclusive): between 1861 and 1880
    Number: 2000.R.25
    Physical Description: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 album)
    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 album of cartes-de-visite by mostly unidentified photographers, assembled by an unknown person during the time of the French intervention in Mexico by an unknown person, contains photographs of Pre-Columbian related statuary; portraits of 19th-century Mexican presidents, military, and political figures; images of indigenous people and "tipos" depicting various types of Mexican street vendors and professions; portraits of figures from the French intervention; portraits of Napoleon III and family; and portraits of the compiler's family and friends.
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    Language: Collection is in French

    Biographical / Historical

    The unknown compiler of the album was likely someone who served in or was associated with the French army in Mexico during the time of the French intervention.

    Administrative Information

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Album of Mexican and French cartes-de-visite, approximately 1861-1880, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2000.R.25.
    http://hdl.handle.net/10020/cifa2000r25

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Acquired in 2000.

    Processing Information

    Finding aid written by Beth Ann Guynn in 2017, from her image list written in 2000. The finding aid was encoded by Linda Kleiger in 2017.

    Digitzed Material

    The collection was digitized in 2010 and the images are available online: http://hdl.handle.net/10020/2000r25.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The album of cartes-de-visite by mostly unidentified photographers (due in part to the fact that the versos of the cartes are not visible) appears to have been assembled by someone who likely served in or was associated with the French army in Mexico during the time of the French intervention. Included are 45 cartes-de-visite and one calling card. The following groups of images are present: photographs of pre-Columbian related statuary (5); portraits of 19th-century Mexican presidents, military, and political figures (8); images of indigenous people and "tipos" depicting various types of Mexican street vendors and professions (20); portraits of figures from the French intervention, including generals Ignacio Zaragoza and Jesús Ortega, known for their leadership in the defense of Puebla, and General Tomás Mejía, whose alignment with the French caused him to be executed with Maximillian (5); portraits of Napoleon III and family (3); and unidentified portraits, including family and friends of the album compiler (4).
    Seven of the images are photographs of prints or drawings; others are second or third generation copy photographs from original cartes-de-visite, attesting to the popularity and wide dissemination of the Mexican images at the time the album was assembled.
    The album has pebbled brown leather covers with a chased brass clasp. The covers and spine are embossed with a gothic design in high relief. The openings of the carte-de-viste mounts are surrounded by a gilt-stamped design with the initials J. H. centered below the design; four openings are empty. French captions are handwritten on many of the mounts in brown ink above and beneath the images. Througout the album "aztèques" appears with the archaic spelling "astèques."
    The three photographs of the French imperial family are by Émile Desmaisons. They are all blindstamped in the photograph: E. D. The photographer's imprint is visible on one verso: E. Desmaisons, 5 rue des Grands Augustins, Paris. Copyright secured for England. One photograph is signed in the negative: E. Desmaisons, DEL.

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged in a single series: Series I: Album of Mexican and French cartes-de-visite, approximately 1861-1880.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Napoleon, III, 1808-1873 (Emperor of the French) -- Portraits
    Desmaisons, Emilien, 1812-1880
    González Ortega, Jesús, 1822-1881 -- Portraits
    Mejía, Tomás, 1820-1867 -- Portraits
    Zaragoza, Ignacio, 1829-1862 -- Portraits

    Subjects - Topics

    Generals -- Mexico -- Portraits
    Indians of Mexico -- Portraits
    Occupations -- Mexico

    Subjects - Places

    Mexico -- Antiquities
    Mexico -- History -- European Intervention, 1861-1867

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Cartes-de-visite -- Mexico -- 19th century
    Photograph albums -- Mexico -- 19th century
    Albumen prints -- Mexico -- 19th century
    Studio portraits -- Mexico -- 19th century
    Photographs, Original