M. Delaunay, rôle de Fortunio, dans "le chandelier"
Julien Vallou de Villeneuve (French, 1795–1866)
Salted paper print from paper negative
16.8 x 12.5 cm. (6 5/8 x 4 15/16 in.)
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1986
Not on view
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.
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";
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: Drawings, Prints, and Photographs," September 20, 1988–January 8, 1989.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 7," December 12, 1994–March 12, 1995.