Charles Hippolyte Delahaye (French, 1835/36– 1878 Paris)
Salted paper print from paper negative
Image: 21.6 x 15.9 cm (8 1/2 x 6 1/4 in.)
Mount: 45 x 31.5 cm (17 11/16 x 12 3/8 in.)
Purchase, W. Bruce and Delaney H. Lundberg and Christian Keesee Charitable Trust Gifts, 2011
Not on view
In the 1850s Marville made a series of portraits of Charles Delahaye, his assistant and possibly distant cousin. Twenty-four years Marville’s junior, the young Delahaye appears here as a moody, sensuous figure. Although the print is technically imperfect—the right corner suggests an awkward attempt to correct a flaw in the negative—the closely cropped composition creates a striking immediacy that is unusual in photographs of the period.
Inscription: Inscribed on mount in pencil, recto, BLC: "Charles Delahaye"; dealer's inscriptions in pencil on mount, verso BLC, BRC: "301024", "CM-P-4189".
[Galerie Daniel Blau, Munich]
Two other prints of this image are known, both in the Musee d'Orsay.