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Soeur Pierrette Toussaine Blondeau, Hospices de Beaune

Unknown (French)
Daguerreotype with applied color
Visible: 12.8 x 9.4 cm (5 1/16 x 3 11/16 in.) Passe-partout: 21.5 x 17.2 cm (8 7/16 x 6 3/4 in.) Frame: 27.5 x 23.8 cm (10 13/16 x 9 3/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Purchase, The Howard Gilman Foundation Gift, 2002
Accession Number:
Not on view
Sister Pierrette Toussaine Blondeau, seen here with a wounded patient, turned to the newly invented medium of photography to commemorate her role as caregiver to the poor. Though the identity of the photographer and young boy remain unknown, the inscription on the verso of this full-plate daguerreotype reveals a great deal of Sister Blondeau’s biographical information: born in 1809, she entered the Hostel Dieu de Beaune in 1832, became a novice in 1834, and took the full habit in 1835. She died in 1895, after sixty-three years of religious life.
Inscription: Inscribed in ink on paper label on verso: "Soeur Pierrette Toussaine // Blondeau // née à Monthelie le // 19 Juillet 1809 // entrée à l'Hostel Dieu de Beaune // le 2 Décembre 1832 // avait pris le voile de novice // le 3 Février 1834 // fait profession le 8 Juillet 1835 // décédée le 17 Février 1895 après // 63 ans de vie religieuse". Inscribed in pencil on verso TR: "a rendu à M. [E?]. Masson // 26 rue des [?]onne[?]".
André and Marie-Thérèse Jammes, Paris; [sold, Sotheby's Paris, March 21, 2002, lot 28]

Musée d'Orsay. "Daguerreotype francais," May 12, 2003–August 17, 2003.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Dawn of Photography: French Daguerreotypes, 1839-1855," September 23, 2003–January 4, 2004.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 68," June 8, 2015–October 5, 2015.

Bajac, Quentin, and Dominique de Font-Réaulx. Le daguerréotype français: un objet photographique. Paris: Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 2003. no. 73, pp. 186–187.

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