Gilman Collection, Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation, 2005
Not on view
Daguerre's supposed reluctance to be photographed perhaps explains the relatively small number of daguerreotypes that depict him. Although some evidence suggests that this piece is a self-portrait, other factors make such an attribution uncertain. In any case, this image, despite damage to the plate, remains one of the most engaging portraits of the inventor of photography. The pose, in which he rests one arm on a table, is standard, but the expression and regard remain slightly unfixed as Daguerre, eyes squinted and head cocked, looks directly at the camera.
Inscription: Inscribed, verso, center: "Daguerre en Daguerreotype // par lui-même", bottom right: "? Mme. Paul Nadar"; stamped, bottom left: "Charles Dollfus // Aeronaute // 82, rue de Ranelagh // Paris."
Nadar; Paul Nadar; Charles Dollfus; André Jammes; [Harry Lunn, Paris]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, January 18, 1972
National Portrait Gallery, London. "Staging the Self: Self-Portrait Photography 1840s-1980s," October 3, 1986–January 11, 1987.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Waking Dream: Photography's First Century, Selections from the Gilman Paper Company Collection," May 25, 1993–July 4, 1993.
Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland. "The Waking Dream: Photography's First Century, Selections from the Gilman Paper Company Collection," August 7, 1993–October 2, 1993.
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "The Waking Dream: Photography's First Century, Selections from the Gilman Paper Company Collection," June 19, 1994–September 11, 1994.
Apraxine, Pierre. Photographs from the Collection of the Gilman Paper Company. Reeds Springs, Mo.: White Oak Press, 1985. pl. 1.
Bajac, Quentin, and Dominique de Font-Réaulx. Le daguerréotype français: un objet photographique. Paris: Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 2003. no. 23, p. 146.
Accompanied by carte de visite copy of the daguerreotype (see 2005.100.337)