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Empress Eugénie

Artist:
Olympe Aguado de las Marismas (French, Paris 1827–1894 Compiegne)
Date:
1860
Medium:
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Dimensions:
Image: 13.6 × 9.2 cm (5 3/8 × 3 5/8 in.), arched top Sheet: 14.1 × 9.5 cm (5 9/16 × 3 3/4 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Museum Purchase, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.826
Not on view
On January 30, 1853, less than two months after declaring himself emperor, Napoleon III married the twenty-six-year-old Spanish countess Eugénie de Montijo. Renowned for her beauty and fashion sense (she was particularly fond of dresses designed by Charles Frederick Worth), Eugénie set the style for the imperial court and for all of French fashion.
Inscription: Inscribed in ink on print, verso TC: "Photographie de // S.M. Eugénie Impératrice // des Français. Faite // par mon beau-frère // Olympe Aguado dans // son atelier de la Place // Vendôme en Mars // 1860. Cette épreuve // n'a pas été livrée en //commerce et n'existe qu' à // 5 ou 6 exemp. Emma Baronne de Freystedt"
Olympe Aguado; Baroness Emma de Frystedt, sister-in-law of the artist; [Gérard Lévy, January 2, 1987, Paris]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York

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