A compelling close-up portrait, in which the sitter, presumably named Surudjé, looks intently into the lens, and therefore directly at the viewer.
Girault de Prangey did make several daguerreotypes that included people, in most of which the figures are quite distant, adding scale and interest rather than being the subject of the photograph. Occasionally, as in lot 34, the figures in the street become the subject. Of the approximately twenty-five images from the archive that could be described as portraits, the majority show local dignitaries or European diplomats or members of their families. Ten of these portraits are now in the collection of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. This is the closest and most direct of the few Arab portraits remaining in the photographer's archive. It seems likely these few are the earliest surviving Arab portrait photographs.