Ca. 1897. 49 gelatin silver photographs all mounted recto on nine large stiff leaves each ca. 53.5 x 36.5 cm (21 x 14 ¼ in.). Includes one large photograph ca. 28 x 36.5 cm (11 x 14 ¼ in.), five photographs between ca. 20.5 x 25.5 cm (8 x 10 in.) and 15 x 21 cm (6 x 8 ½ in.), 24 photographs between ca. 11 x 15.5 cm (4 ¼ x 6 in.) and ca. 13 x 18 cm (5 x 7 in.), and 19 photographs each ca. 9 x 12 cm (3 ½ x 4 ¾ in.) and smaller, with 33 captions in period manuscript ink or pencil and three photographs dated and signed "A Posquets" One photograph has been removed, cleanly cut out of a leaf, some photographs with mild to moderate fading, but overall a very good collection of interesting photographs.
This historically interesting collection of photographs shows General Joseph Gallieni (French Governor of Madagascar 1896-1905) and other French officials touring different administrative regions of Madagascar in its early years as a French colony, including Ambohidratimo, Tananarive (Antanarivo), Majunga (Mahajanga), Diego-Suarez, Sainte Marie and others. The largest photograph is a group portrait of French officials with their bicycles, with a clear view of colonial buildings in the background. After being appointed as Governor of this new colony in 1896, Gallieni reorganized French forces, and is known for capturing and executing several rebel leaders: a series of six photographs shows the execution of two people, at least one of them appears to be a French soldier. Many of the photographs show local people, including several portraits of Sakalava and Hova women, a group of locals dancing and men carrying the director of administrative services in a filanzane (litter). One interesting photograph shows rows of people lined up in front of a French “substance transportation” office holding large woven baskets; the caption reads “Madagasy bringing rice to the administrative services.” Numerous photographs show the arrival of the General in different villages and the festivities organized in his honour, and there is one image of a crowd gathered for a “Kabary” (improvised conference between two groups from different cultures). One photograph shows the General passing by in a canoe as people watch from the banks of the river. Gallieni’s role was largely administrative, and the collection includes several photographs of infrastructural changes in the country, including a hospital under construction in Ambohidratimo, and workers building a new road. One view of Tananarive captioned “Palace of the Queen” indicates that these photographs were taken before Gallieni exiled the Queen in 1897. Overall a historically interesting collection of photographs showing the activities of General Gallieni in Madagascar in its early years as a French colony.
Le chef du Service administratif en Filanzane; Ankaralia (Ankarana?) Campement en plein air; Arrivée du général – arc de triomphe dressé à Ouidroyohauigy?; Maison du directeur des services administratifs, Tamatave; Types de tirailleurs Comoriens; Construction de l’hopital d’Ambohidratimo; Kabary du General, Tamatave; Premier Etage de la maison du directeur des services administratifs; Femme de Ste Marie; Antsizane (Antsirabe?) 1897 Mosquet / A Posquets; Magasin des subsistances […] de Morondava; Peloton d’execution; […] arrivant au lieu d’execution; […] au poteau; (Les mêmes) Dernière minute!; Feu!; On retire les cadavres; Danse executée dans la cour d’Anabaekely?; Papotte des officiers du commissariat a Tananarive; Le pont et l’ancienne piste militaire à l’intersection de la nouvelle route; Majanga 1897 Mosquet; Armée Hova […] a Tananarive; General Gallieni en pirogue; Femmes Sakalaves Morondava; Ivondio?? En attendant le general; Femme Hova; Embouchure de X; Palais de la reine a Tananarive; Jeune fille Hova; L’arrivee du general a Sambayavia?; Rue de Tananarive 1898; Malgaches apportant du riz aux services administratifs; En foret dans les hauteurs du col d’Amboasary.
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