1843c PD249 Important Third Plate Daguerreotype By Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey Titled in his own hand “Aphrodisias Figure Et Fragments” Greek Ruins in Modern Day Turkey Featuring One of the Earliest Known Images of a Turkish Man.
(1/3 plate = 3 ¾ x 4 ¾ in. 95 x 121 mm). A little light with some minor surface imperfections as de Prangey made it. Uncased – conserved between 2 pieces of glass.
“Until recently, pioneering daguerreotypist Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey was unknown in the world of fine-art photography. His extraordinary images were discovered in a storeroom of his estate in the 1920s and only made known some eighty years later.
Girault de Prangey studied painting at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and learned daguerreotypy in 1841, the same year inventor Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre publicly demonstrated the process. Girault de Prangey may have learned photography from Daguerre himself, or from Hippolyte Bayard, with whom he shared a mutual artist friend.
Aside from his creative interests, Girault de Prangey was an avid student of Ancient Near East architecture and in 1842 embarked on a three-year tour of Italy, Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, and Palestine. He carried hundreds of pounds of photography equipment and made more than 800 daguerreotypes. His pictures of the Acropolis are the earliest surviving photographs of the famous site.” (J. Paul Getty Museum website)
Aphrodisias lies in the Maeander River basin (at the foot of the Babadag Mountain Range which can be seen in the background), in a fertile valley 100 miles southeast of the port of Izmir. Famous for its sanctuary of Aphrodite, the city’s patron goddess, Aphrodisias enjoyed a long and prosperous existence from the first century B.C. through the sixth century A.D. Today, many of the city’s ancient monuments remain standing, and excavations have unearthed numerous fine marble statues and other artefacts. This image may show some of the ancient baths with a man perched on the stones for interest and perspective.