Adrien Tournachon (French, 1825–1903)
Salted paper print from glass negative
16.3 x 22.6 cm (6 7/16 x 8 7/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2001
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Not on view
This charming photograph of a Poitou donkey (a breed now endangered) is a particularly engaging example of the portraits Tournachon made of the prizewinning animals at the French national agricultural competitions in the late 1850s and early 1860s. Such photographs were intended to serve artists and breeders alike as records of particularly fine specimens of horses, cattle, and donkeys. They were also intended as souvenirs of rural life; as interested in the handlers as in the animals, Tournachon considered publishing a series of photographs isolating the peasants in their regional costumes.
Inscription: Printed on mount, BC, below print: "Phot: d'après nature par Tournachon Jne. // LEFRISÉ, // Né en 1855__Son père et sa mère de Race Poitevine. // 2e. PRIX DES BAUDETS, Race Poitevine."
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photographs: A Decade of Collecting," June 5, 2001–September 4, 2001.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 46," May 8, 2007–August 26, 2007.