Camille Dolard (French, 1810-1884)
daguerreotype (full-plate), Platemark: 20.5 x 15 cm (8 1/16 x 5 7/8 in.); Matted: 55.9 x 45.7 cm (22 x 18 in.). Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1997.56
Camille Dolard was a portrait painter who also worked with photography between the early 1840s and 1860. Seated in his skylit studio, he is surrounded by the materials and tools of his painting trade. His clothing and the nearby hookah, or water pipe, suggest an interest in orientalism, a fashion of the day that fascinated many mid-19th century painters and photographers. The technical achievement of this work is truly remarkable, for the large plate required Dolard to remain perfectly still for well over a minute, which was at least 30 times longer than the exposure time for a smaller-sized daguerreotype. Probably made for publicity purposes, this image is one of only three known full-size-plate self-portraits created by Dolard with a camera of his own design.
Cleveland, Ohio: The Cleveland Museum of Art; 5/27/00 - 8/9/00. "19th-Century French Portrait Photography from the Cleveland Museum of Art."The Cleveland Museum of Art (10/04/2009 - 01/24/2010); "France at the Dawn of Photography"The Cleveland Museum of Art, “Cheating Death: Portrait Photography’s First Half Century” (10/22/2016-2/5/2017)
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