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Théophile Gautier

Artist:
Nadar (French, Paris 1820–1910 Paris)
Date:
ca. 1856
Medium:
Salted paper print from glass negative
Dimensions:
Image: 24.8 x 19.7 cm (9 3/4 x 7 3/4 in.) oval Mount: 26.9 x 21.7 cm (10 9/16 x 8 9/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Purchase, Harriette and Noel Levine Gift, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.256
Not on view
Inscription: Signed and inscribed in ink on print, recto CL: "Nadar // 113 St. Lazare"
Estate of Nadar; Gérard Lévy, Paris; [Graphics International, Ltd.]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, July 30, 1980

Philadelphia Museum of Art. "The Second Empire, 1852-1870: Art in France under Napolean III," October 1, 1978–November 26, 1978.

Detroit Institute of Arts. "The Second Empire, 1852-1870: Art in France under Napolean III," January 15, 1979–March 18, 1979.

Les Galeries nationales du Grand Palais. "The Second Empire, 1852-1870: Art in France under Napolean III," April 24, 1979–July 2, 1979.

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.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Framing a Century: Master Photographers, 1840–1940," June 3, 2008–September 1, 2008.

Moulin, Jean-Marie. The Second Empire, 1852–1870: Art in France Under Napolean III. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1978. p.423.

Hambourg, Maria Morris, Françoise Heilbrun, and Paul Néagu. Nadar. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. no. 41.



Notes by E. Parry Janis in The Second Empire catalogue: "according to Prinet and Dilasser (1966, p. 120), this portrait of the poet, critic, and novelist Théophile Gautier (1811-1872) in a big shaggy overcoat and a damask skullcap is one of the first from Nadar's St. Lazare studio. This particular print was among the originals kept by Nadar in his personal collection. It remained in the family after the donations to the Cabinet des Estampes and the Départment des Manuscrits of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Another print, with a red signature stamp, is in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France."
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