Louis Cuvier, Justin Kozlowski, Hippolyte... - Lot 4 - Daguerre

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Louis Cuvier, Justin Kozlowski, Hippolyte... - Lot 4 - Daguerre
Louis Cuvier, Justin Kozlowski, Hippolyte Arnoux and others
CONSTRUCTION OF THE SUEZ CANAL, 1866-1867
Album of the engineer Anthony Poirson in residence in Cairo.
Large oblong album, 94 albumen prints, between 20?x?28 cm and 18?x?23 cm, captioned in pencil on the mounts, one print stained, good condition.
On 30 November 1854, Ferdinand de Lesseps was granted a ninety-nine year concession for the canal zone by the Viceroy of Egypt, and on 19 May 1855, he founded the Compagnie universelle du canal maritime de Suez, which managed the construction of the canal from 1859 to 1869.
The first owner of the album, Anthony Poirson, was an engineer in charge of solving the drinking water supply for the workers in Cairo and on the site. He is shown in a photo of Cuvier. His membership in the administration of the Canal Company explains the presence of rare photos of the engineer Louis Cuvier (14 high-contrast prints) and the Polish-born photographer Justin Kozlowski (16 prints), whose distribution was confidential and very limited because of the intense industrial espionage surrounding this great project.
The second part of the album contains, among others, 6 prints by Hippolyte Arnoux, 4 by Wilhelm Hammerschmidt, several by Pascal Sebah and Félix Bonfils, some views of Aden at the time of Arthur Rimbaud, the return of a caravan from Mecca to Cairo (Dosseh), views of Sudan and Italy (Pompeii, Vesuvius) by Luigi Fiorillo (1847-1898)
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