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GSELL, EMILE. Vietnamese Musicians

Saigon, c. late 1860s

Albumen print (10 ¾ x 7 ¾ in.), mounted on card. Light wave in mount. Minor fading at edges.

The French photographer Émile Gsell became the first commercial photographer based in Saigon following his first expedition to photograph Angkor in 1866.

The example at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is titled in manuscript “Musiciens Annamites, Cochinchine— Saïgon”

On the verso of the card mount is a second photograph, a studio portrait of a seated woman of Saigon (albumen print, 7 ¾ x 7 ¾ in.).