GOUPIL & CIE. (PARIS)
An African slave trader with Caucasian and African female slaves.
[Circa 1870]. Albumen print photograph of an oil painting, carte de visite format, 100 x 65 mm (mount), verso with imprint of Goupil & Cie, Paris; in fine condition.
This carte de visite reproduces a painting of a Barbary slave market, depicting African slave traders with female slaves – both African and Caucasian. It was photographed and published by the famous Parisian fine art publishing house Goupil & Cie., probably around 1870. The original painting is very likely to be a work by French Orientalist painter Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904). There is an interesting family connection between the publisher and the artist Jean-Léon Gérôme: Marie Goupil (1842-1912), daughter of the firm’s founder, Jean-Baptiste Adolphe Goupil (1806–1893), married Gérôme in 1863.