[Photograph]. CROISIERE (LA) jaune. Expedition... - Lot 68 - Gros & Delettrez

Lot 68
Go to lot
Estimation :
15000 - 20000 EUR
[Photograph]. CROISIERE (LA) jaune. Expedition... - Lot 68 - Gros & Delettrez
[Photograph]. CROISIERE (LA) jaune. Expedition Citroën Centre-Asie. Important collection of silver photographs taken during the expedition, documenting the Croisière Jaune, the third automobile raid organized by André Citroën, also known as the "Mission Centre-Asie", which took place from April 4, 1931 to February 12, 1932. The set comprises 1169 photographs, most of them in 9x13 format, around 200 in 13x17 format, and a small number in 6x9 format, kept in 3 albums (389 photos), a box (700 photos) and a folder (80 photos). Two printed booklets relating to the expedition are enclosed. The captivating photos retrace the epic journey of the Pamir group, led by G.M. Haardt and Louis Audouin Dubreuil, from their departure from Beirut, Lebanon. Their itinerary took them through Syria, Iraq, Persia and Afghanistan, eventually leading them to the foot of the Himalayas. Faced with insurmountable obstacles, the group made the difficult choice of leaving some of their vehicles behind and continuing on ponies, yaks and camels to meet up with the other group, which had set off from Tianjin and was moving from east to west. The two groups met up in Ouroumtsi, the capital of Xinjiang, before continuing their journey together towards Beijing. From the first stages in Syria and Persia to the imposing challenges of the Himalayas, these images offer a striking visual record of this historic expedition, capturing the key moments, varied landscapes and unforgettable encounters that marked this exceptional journey across Central Asia. Among the participants were personalities such as Henri Pecqueur, geodesist, Joseph Hackin, curator of the Musée Guimet, Père Teilhard de Chardin, scientist and geologist, Georges Le Fèvre, writer and historian, and Alexandre Iacovleff, the expedition's official painter, who published his notebook and sketchbook in 1934 as an artistic record of the expedition. The main participants are represented in individual and group photographs. Also shown are the places crossed and their inhabitants, in large numbers, as well as vehicles in action, and finally a few views of cities including Canton and Peking. The provenance of these photographs can be traced back to Henri Pecqueur, an eminent member of the mission, adding an authentic and precious dimension to the collection.
My orders
Sale information
Sales conditions
Return to catalogue