Eight albumen photographs of Polynesia.


Price: $2,500.00

About the item

measuring 7-1/4 x 9-3/4 in and smaller. Laid down on thick card, four photos with ms. captions. One image faded.

Item #300928

French naval officer Paul Émile Miot was the first person to take photographs of the Pacific Islands during a voyage to the Marquesas islands and Tahiti in 1869. Born in Trinidad and educated in Ireland, Miot was something of a photographic pioneer, being possibly the first to use photographs in producing hydrographic maps and is also known for his early images of Newfoundland

The group here include shots of the King of Vaitahu and family; the royal palace of Pomare, Papeete, Tahiti; portrait of a young woman; ships in harbor in the Marquesas; and a portrait of Marquesan men.