Pre-photography

  • Miniature portrait

    Painter unknown

    This is a typical example of the portraits that were ordered to painters by the wealthier "bourgeoisie" of the 19th century, before photography became a reality.

    Their price and the time needed for posing made them soon obsolete once the daguerreotype became more widespread.

    Dates: c. 1820 - 1840 ?

    Voici un exemple typique des portraits que la "bourgeoisie" nantie commandait aux artistes-peintres au 19 siècle avant que la photographie ne devienne une réalité.

    Leur prix et le temps à consacrer aux poses les ont rendu rapidement obsolètes dès que la daguerréotypie s'est popularisée.

    Dates: c. 1820 - 1940 ?

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  • Silhouette drawing

    Silhouette drawing (pre-photography)

    • Silhouette drawing of a man.
    • This kind of portrait was made using the "camera obscura".
    • Manuscript legend at the back reads : "P.R. .....s'est embarqué en croisière pour le Nord"
    • Probably late 18th C.

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