La Frayeur

Artist: Pierre-Louis Pierson (French, 1822–1913)

Date: 1861–67

Medium: Salted paper print from glass negative with applied color

Dimensions: 12.7 x 15.1 cm (5 x 5 15/16 in.)

Classification: Photographs

Credit Line: David Hunter McAlpin Fund, 1975

Accession Number: 1975.548.119


A study for a large painted version, this photograph was summarily retouched by the countess with instructions (on the back) suggesting that the composition was intended to set off her elegant attitude and majestic gown: "The remains of a ball where fire has broken out. A chandelier on the floor, everyone in flight. Shining white satin gown, black and red grapes with dark green and red leaves.