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Maghrebi Collection

Maghrebi, a captivating region nestled in the northernmost part of Africa, boasts a rich tapestry of history and culture

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: Geographic map of Algeria and details of the provinces of Algiers, Oran and Constantine

Geographic map of Algeria and details of the provinces of Algiers, Oran and Constantine
XEE4405752 Geographic map of Algeria and details of the provinces of Algiers, Oran and Constantine, realized by Amboise Tardieu, 19th century

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: Young Berber woman posing naked. Photography around 1890

Young Berber woman posing naked. Photography around 1890
GIA4792243 Young Berber woman posing naked. Photography around 1890 by Unknown photographer, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Young Berber woman posing naked)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: Captain Lelievre's heroic defense in Mazagran (February 1840), detail, 19th century (oil on canvas)

Captain Lelievre's heroic defense in Mazagran (February 1840), detail, 19th century (oil on canvas)
7305476 Captain Lelievre's heroic defense in Mazagran (February 1840), detail, 19th century (oil on canvas) by Beauce, Jean Adolphe (1818-75); Musee d'Art et d'Histoire, Narbonne

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: World's Children: Moorish, At Play (colour litho)

World's Children: Moorish, At Play (colour litho)
8625662 World's Children: Moorish, At Play (colour litho) by Menpes, Mortimer Ludington (1855-1938); Private Collection; (add.info.: Moorish, At Play)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: Couscous in the Maghreb, c.1910 (print)

Couscous in the Maghreb, c.1910 (print)
7293337 Couscous in the Maghreb, c.1910 (print); (add.info.: Food and beverage. Couscous in the Maghreb. Imagery in: Histoire anecdotique de l'alimentation, France)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: British sailors boarding an Algerine pirate ship (coloured engraving)

British sailors boarding an Algerine pirate ship (coloured engraving)
7337534 British sailors boarding an Algerine pirate ship (coloured engraving) by Fairburn, J. (19th Century); 40.7x52.2 cm; National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Creator: J)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: Alfonso de Santa Maria de Cartagena, aka Alfonso de Carthagena or Alonso de Cartagena, 1384 - 1456

Alfonso de Santa Maria de Cartagena, aka Alfonso de Carthagena or Alonso de Cartagena, 1384 - 1456
UIG5419915 Alfonso de Santa Maria de Cartagena, aka Alfonso de Carthagena or Alonso de Cartagena, 1384 - 1456. Jewish convert to Christianity, Roman Catholic bishop, diplomat

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: Colonialism: mapping of the Algiers region (chromolithograph)

Colonialism: mapping of the Algiers region (chromolithograph)
FGL5471170 Colonialism: mapping of the Algiers region (chromolithograph); (add.info.: French vignette from the collection, Edition de la Chocolaterie d'Aiguebelle ", chromolithography)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: A child in a street in tanger, Marrocco, June 1904 9b/w photo)

A child in a street in tanger, Marrocco, June 1904 9b/w photo)
FGL5486703 A child in a street in tanger, Marrocco, June 1904 9b/w photo); Fototeca Gilardi

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: The Queen Charlotte moored off the Mole during the bombing of Algiers (Algeria), on 27 August 1816

The Queen Charlotte moored off the Mole during the bombing of Algiers (Algeria), on 27 August 1816
MMM5482456 The Queen Charlotte moored off the Mole during the bombing of Algiers (Algeria), on 27 August 1816. Colored etching, May 15, 1817, by Lt William Innes Pocock (1783-1836)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: The walls of Tangiers, Morocco, seen here in the 19th century

The walls of Tangiers, Morocco, seen here in the 19th century, from "Monuments de Tous les Peuples" by Ernest
6428124 The walls of Tangiers, Morocco, seen here in the 19th century, from "Monuments de Tous les Peuples" by Ernest Breton, published 1843 (engraving); Photo © Ken Welsh

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: French colonial postcard showing occupying army staging a celebratory parade. Algeria 1906

French colonial postcard showing occupying army staging a celebratory parade. Algeria 1906
UIG5636340 French colonial postcard showing occupying army staging a celebratory parade. Algeria 1906; (add.info.: French colonial postcard showing occupying army staging a celebratory parade)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: French legionnaire colonial soldier depicted on a postcard 1895 Algeria

French legionnaire colonial soldier depicted on a postcard 1895 Algeria
UIG5635120 French legionnaire colonial soldier depicted on a postcard 1895 Algeria; (add.info.: French legionnaire colonial soldier depicted on a postcard 1895 Algeria)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: Hannibal Swearing Eternal Enmity toward Rome, c. 1808 (pen & ink with wash over graphite)

Hannibal Swearing Eternal Enmity toward Rome, c. 1808 (pen & ink with wash over graphite)
XOS5883959 Hannibal Swearing Eternal Enmity toward Rome, c. 1808 (pen & ink with wash over graphite) by French School, (19th century); 34.4x42.9 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: 'I hold in my toga peace and war, choose ye which ye will have' (colour litho)

"I hold in my toga peace and war, choose ye which ye will have" (colour litho)
8644883 "I hold in my toga peace and war, choose ye which ye will have" (colour litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: L'Algerie / Algeria: La Belle Fatma, Costume de Femme Arabe riche (colour photo)

L'Algerie / Algeria: La Belle Fatma, Costume de Femme Arabe riche (colour photo)
8639811 L'Algerie / Algeria: La Belle Fatma, Costume de Femme Arabe riche (colour photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: La Belle Fatma)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: L'Algerie / Algeria: Cheiks et Goums a la Grande Fantasia (colour photo)

L'Algerie / Algeria: Cheiks et Goums a la Grande Fantasia (colour photo)
8639802 L'Algerie / Algeria: Cheiks et Goums a la Grande Fantasia (colour photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Cheiks et Goums a la Grande Fantasia)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: L'Algerie / Algeria: Femme Bedouine avec son Enfant (colour photo)

L'Algerie / Algeria: Femme Bedouine avec son Enfant (colour photo)
8639810 L'Algerie / Algeria: Femme Bedouine avec son Enfant (colour photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Femme Bedouine avec son Enfant)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: L'Algerie / Algeria: La Priere au Desert (colour photo)

L'Algerie / Algeria: La Priere au Desert (colour photo)
8639800 L'Algerie / Algeria: La Priere au Desert (colour photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: La Priere au Desert)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: Hannibal crossing the river Rhone (litho)

Hannibal crossing the river Rhone (litho)
8634581 Hannibal crossing the river Rhone (litho) by Macfarlane, John (1857-1936); Private Collection; (add.info.: Hannibal crossing the river Rhone)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: La Grande Rue, Kairouan (colour litho)

La Grande Rue, Kairouan (colour litho)
8652014 La Grande Rue, Kairouan (colour litho) by Nesbitt, Frances (1864-1934); Private Collection; (add.info.: La Grande Rue, Kairouan)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: Unlading Wood (colour litho)

Unlading Wood (colour litho)
8652004 Unlading Wood (colour litho) by Nesbitt, Frances (1864-1934); Private Collection; (add.info.: Unlading Wood. Illustration for Algeria and Tunis painted and described by Frances E Nesbitt)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: The Fritter Shop, Tunis (colour litho)

The Fritter Shop, Tunis (colour litho)
8652003 The Fritter Shop, Tunis (colour litho) by Nesbitt, Frances (1864-1934); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Fritter Shop, Tunis)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: Souk el Hout, Tunis (colour litho)

Souk el Hout, Tunis (colour litho)
8652000 Souk el Hout, Tunis (colour litho) by Nesbitt, Frances (1864-1934); Private Collection; (add.info.: Souk el Hout, Tunis)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: Souk el Attarin, Tunis (colour litho)

Souk el Attarin, Tunis (colour litho)
8651994 Souk el Attarin, Tunis (colour litho) by Nesbitt, Frances (1864-1934); Private Collection; (add.info.: Souk el Attarin, Tunis)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: A Caravan on the Sahara (colour litho)

A Caravan on the Sahara (colour litho)
8651979 A Caravan on the Sahara (colour litho) by Nesbitt, Frances (1864-1934); Private Collection; (add.info.: A Caravan on the Sahara)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: A Village Street, Biskra (colour litho)

A Village Street, Biskra (colour litho)
8651975 A Village Street, Biskra (colour litho) by Nesbitt, Frances (1864-1934); Private Collection; (add.info.: A Village Street, Biskra)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: The Fruit Market, Biskra (colour litho)

The Fruit Market, Biskra (colour litho)
8651973 The Fruit Market, Biskra (colour litho) by Nesbitt, Frances (1864-1934); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Fruit Market, Biskra)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: Carding Wool (colour litho)

Carding Wool (colour litho)
8651968 Carding Wool (colour litho) by Nesbitt, Frances (1864-1934); Private Collection; (add.info.: Carding Wool. Illustration for Algeria and Tunis painted and described by Frances E Nesbitt)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: On the Edge of the Desert (colour litho)

On the Edge of the Desert (colour litho)
8651967 On the Edge of the Desert (colour litho) by Nesbitt, Frances (1864-1934); Private Collection; (add.info.: On the Edge of the Desert)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: Spinning (colour litho)

Spinning (colour litho)
8651966 Spinning (colour litho) by Nesbitt, Frances (1864-1934); Private Collection; (add.info.: Spinning. Illustration for Algeria and Tunis painted and described by Frances E Nesbitt (A&C Black)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: Women feeding pigeons on a roof in Tunis (colour litho)

Women feeding pigeons on a roof in Tunis (colour litho)
8650808 Women feeding pigeons on a roof in Tunis (colour litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Women feeding pigeons on a roof in Tunis)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: The Red Village, El Kantara (colour litho)

The Red Village, El Kantara (colour litho)
8651965 The Red Village, El Kantara (colour litho) by Nesbitt, Frances (1864-1934); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Red Village, El Kantara)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: Algerie / Algeria: Alger, Place Du Gouvernement (b/w photo)

Algerie / Algeria: Alger, Place Du Gouvernement (b/w photo)
8653643 Algerie / Algeria: Alger, Place Du Gouvernement (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Alger, Place Du Gouvernement)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: A powder play on foot (b/w photo)

A powder play on foot (b/w photo)
8648507 A powder play on foot (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: A powder play on foot)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: Siege of Agrigentum (engraving)

Siege of Agrigentum (engraving)
8635764 Siege of Agrigentum (engraving) by German School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Siege of Agrigentum, Sicily, First Punic War, 262 BC. Illustration from Rom)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: Hamilcar Barca, Carthaginian general (engraving)

Hamilcar Barca, Carthaginian general (engraving)
8635760 Hamilcar Barca, Carthaginian general (engraving) by German School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Hamilcar Barca (c275-228 BC)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: Marius sitting amongst the Ruins of Carthage (engraving)

Marius sitting amongst the Ruins of Carthage (engraving)
8658574 Marius sitting amongst the Ruins of Carthage (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Marius sitting amongst the Ruins of Carthage)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: Downfall of Carthage (engraving)

Downfall of Carthage (engraving)
8635730 Downfall of Carthage (engraving) by German School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Downfall of Carthage, Third Punic War, 146 BC. Illustration from Rom)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: The poodle Mitraille leading French troops into Algiers, 1830 (colour litho)

The poodle Mitraille leading French troops into Algiers, 1830 (colour litho)
8664094 The poodle Mitraille leading French troops into Algiers, 1830 (colour litho) by Job, pseudonym for Onfray de Breville

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: Hannibal's elephants at the Battle of Zama, 202 BC (litho)

Hannibal's elephants at the Battle of Zama, 202 BC (litho)
8663565 Hannibal's elephants at the Battle of Zama, 202 BC (litho) by Motte, Henri-Paul (1846-1922) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: Oran (engraving)

Oran (engraving)
8638622 Oran (engraving) by French School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Oran. Illustration for Dictionnaire Universel Illustre De La Geographie et Des Voyages edited by C)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: Photocard, 1930s: Algiers (coloured photo)

Photocard, 1930s: Algiers (coloured photo)
8671665 Photocard, 1930s: Algiers (coloured photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Algiers)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: Photocard, 1930s: Rabat, Morocco (coloured photo)

Photocard, 1930s: Rabat, Morocco (coloured photo)
8671651 Photocard, 1930s: Rabat, Morocco (coloured photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Rabat, Morocco)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: Spanish troops repulsing Moroccans before Ceuta, Hispano-Moroccan War, 1859 (engraving)

Spanish troops repulsing Moroccans before Ceuta, Hispano-Moroccan War, 1859 (engraving)
8677073 Spanish troops repulsing Moroccans before Ceuta, Hispano-Moroccan War, 1859 (engraving) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: Ceuta, Spanish possession in North Africa (engraving)

Ceuta, Spanish possession in North Africa (engraving)
8677039 Ceuta, Spanish possession in North Africa (engraving) by Lebreton, Louis (1818-66) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Ceuta, Spanish possession in North Africa)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: Carthage: Musee Lavigerie, Ossuaires puniques (b/w photo)

Carthage: Musee Lavigerie, Ossuaires puniques (b/w photo)
8674532 Carthage: Musee Lavigerie, Ossuaires puniques (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Musee Lavigerie, Ossuaires puniques)

Background imageMaghrebi Collection: Carthage: Basilique de Saint-Cyprien (b/w photo)

Carthage: Basilique de Saint-Cyprien (b/w photo)
8674494 Carthage: Basilique de Saint-Cyprien (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Basilique de Saint-Cyprien)



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Maghrebi, a captivating region nestled in the northernmost part of Africa, boasts a rich tapestry of history and culture. As we delve into its enchanting landscapes, let us embark on a journey through the provinces of Algiers, Oran, and Constantine. The geographic map of Algeria unfolds before our eyes, revealing the diverse beauty that Maghrebi holds. From the bustling streets of Algiers to the coastal charm of Oran and the ancient allure of Constantine, each province paints a unique picture. In Mr Smeedon's Villa, frozen in time within black and white photographs, we catch glimpses of an era long gone. The entrance beckons us with its grandeur while Djenan-el-Mufti whispers tales from Algiers' past. El Bardo stands as an architectural marvel amidst these monochromatic frames—a testament to Algerian heritage. As we wander deeper into this captivating land, our senses are awakened by images captured around 1890. A young Berber woman poses naked—her vulnerability echoing both strength and resilience. These photographs offer glimpses into traditions that have shaped Maghrebi society for centuries. But it is not just buildings or people that define this region; nature too plays its part. The loggia at Mr Smeedon's Villa invites us to bask in sunlight filtering through intricate archways while the fountain court at Djenan-el-Mufti serenades us with soothing sounds. And then there are gardens—the epitome of tranquility—where Mr Smeedon's Villa showcases its verdant splendor against a backdrop steeped in history. These oases provide respite from bustling city life—an invitation to pause and reflect upon all that Maghrebi has to offer. Maghrebi is more than just a place.