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CDV Photo - One Uncut Sheet: Suez Canal


Rare Arnoux Hippolyte albumen photographs of Port Said taken circa 1869, contemporary to the opening of the Suez Canal, and still on their original uncut albumen leaf. Together with a rare albumen carte-de-visite portrait photograph of Ferdinand de Lesseps taken in the acclaimed studio of Charles Reutlinger in Paris in 1863. The Port Said CDV size albumen photographs feature embedded manuscript captions in French, and measure approximately 9 x 5 cm, remaining together on the single uncut albumen leaf measuring 20 x 7 cm. The complete carte-de-visite of Ferdinand de Lesseps, having one round-trimmed corner, the photographer's two studio addresses and the coat of arms of the Kingdom of Great Britain printed to verso, measures approximately 6 x 10, and the mounted portrait photograph measures approximately 5,5 x 9. De Lesseps' biography annotated in manuscript in pencil to verso.