View of Angoulême

View of Angoulême

c. 1844

Paul Michel Hossard

(French, 1787-1862)

Daguerreotype, applied color

Image: 7.5 x 10.3 cm (2 15/16 x 4 1/16 in.); Matted: 25.4 x 30.5 cm (10 x 12 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1996.21



Paul Michel Hossard was an amateur daguerreotypist, especially noted for his architectural views. Rather than depicting a famous monument or landmark, this informal composition captures the charm of courtyards and houses in a small city in western France. The dominant horizontal lines of the buildings are contrasted with the soft, organic forms of the foliage. The presence of a breeze is suggested by the slight blurring of the tallest trees—the result of the long exposure time needed to make this image.

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