HOW THEY SAW THE COPTS: COPTIC FAMILY?
Autour du monde : aquarelles souvenirs des voyages was published in Paris in the 1880s, and was edited by L. Boulanger. One of the photochrom prints (Planche CCX) is labelled “Famille Copte”. I simply reproduce it here for my readers: it shows an elderly man with three female members of the family and a little child; in the background are the three pyramids and a canal. We have seen in previous articles that some figures in European art were labelled as Coptic, although the physiognomy, the dress and the insignia do not support that. I don’t know why but it is possible that a Coptic figure sold more. In any rate, it is possible that this “Famille Copte”, again, could represent an Arab sheikh with his family and not a Coptic family. However, the dark turban and robe of the man and the unveiled women may indicate the family’s Coptic identity. Here I reproduce the photochrom print:
 Around the World: watercolor memories of voyages.
 Photochrom prints are produced by direct photographic transfer of a black and white negative onto lithographic plates, these are then coloured.