[Palace of the Dey of Algiers, Algeria]

Gustave de Beaucorps French

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Beaucorps was born into a wealthy, aristocratic French family and took up photography as an amateur in the mid-1850s. A collector and an enthusiast of Spanish and Arab decorative arts, he is best known for his architectural photographs of monuments and landscapes made during travels through western Europe, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Palestine, and Turkey. Although this waxed-paper negative of the sixteenth-century Palace of the Dey of Algiers does not represent the image’s final presentation, its striking graphic composition and revelation of the clean lines and intricate patterning of Moorish architecture has significant visual power in its own right. No known positive print from this negative of the palace survives.

[Palace of the Dey of Algiers, Algeria], Gustave de Beaucorps (French, 1825–1906), Waxed paper negative

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