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M. Delaunay, rôle de Fortunio, dans "le chandelier"

Julien Vallou de Villeneuve (French, 1795–1866)

Date:
ca. 1853
Medium:
Salted paper print from paper negative
Dimensions:
16.8 x 12.5 cm. (6 5/8 x 4 15/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.1073
  • Description

    Within about a decade, the daguerreotype gave way in France to the process invented by the Englishman Henry Talbot which allowed multiple positive prints on paper to be made from a single negative--the procedural basis of nearly all photography since.
    A painter and lithographer, Vallou is reported to have made daguerreotypes beginning around 1842, but it is only his salted paper prints made in the early 1850s that have survived or been identified as his. In addition to a large series of nudes and draped figures intended as artist's aids, Vallou produced a group of photographic portraits of actors from the Comédie Française in various roles.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscribed in ink on print, recto, LR (sideways): "J. V. de Villeneuve"; printed on mount, recto LC: "COMÉDIE FRANCAISE"; inscribed in pencil on mount, recto LC: "M. Delaunay rôle de Fortunio, dans le chandelier"; stamped in red ink, on mount, recto LR: "COMÉDIE FRANCAISE // [illegible] // ARCHIVES";

  • Provenance

    Charles Isaacs

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