1843 ID’d French Daguerreotype By Paul-Michel Hossard
1843 (Oct 7th) French Daguerreotype ID’d Louise Lemerle By Paul-Michel Hossard
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PD250: 1843 (Dated Oct 7th 1843) 4th Plate French Daguerreotype Sitter ID’d As Louise Lemerle Taken By Daguerreian Paul-Michel Hossard.
An early dated 3/4 length portrait of a pretty young French woman ID’d as Louise Lemerle with a basket and holding a flower. As well as being ID’d, the back of the passe also indicated that she passed away just 2 years later on the 31st of October 1845.
This daguerreotype was originally part of Hossard’s estate purchased by the renowned French photo dealer Frederic Hoch.
The dag is very early and exhibits that steely-grey look one expects from an experimental period plate. In excellent condition but does display some minor spotting. In its original early French frame.
Here is Hoch’s Bio of Hossard: Paul-Michel HOSSARD (1787-1862) . He was an officer of the Corps of Geographers Engineers from 1824 to 1845 and managed to climb the Balaïtous (3144m) in 1824. From 1845, he was appointed to Paris at the Ministry of War and completed his career as a professor of geography and astronomy at the polytechnic school in 1855. He was acquainted with Arago, and started practicing the daguerreotype process with him as early 1840. The young Paul-Michel Hossard was also a friend and pupil of Daguerre himself. Most of his daguerreotypes are dated or annotated in Hossard’s hand to identify his family members in most occasions. The portraits of his wife are more uncommon since she died prematurely in 1844. Her son Émile was therefore his favourite model (child and military). Annotated dates on the back indicate that its practice is regular and lasting about 15 years from 1841 to 1856. The landscapes of the Angevin region are rarer and some daguerreotypes of the family property near Angers (Jarzé castle) have been preserved. The numerous portraits of his son Emile and his nephew Alfred are always composed with originality, unlike the proofs produced by professional photographers, the eyes are never frontal, the accessories are frequent and symbolic: Emile at the age of 7 years poses with his net and his hoop, cousin Alfred as a hunter with a rifle. Elder Emile wears a uniform (he will later be inspector of water and forests), the jacket unbuttoned and the kepi reversed, a casual look On the family portrait that dates from 1841, three generations Hossard are reunited for eternity in front of the Jarzé’s family mansion. Framed in the middle of the group, Father Hossard, a professor of medicine at Angers, is surrounded by his two bros and his wife in a white cap. Standing behind him, his two sons lean on the backs of chairs. On the right, the operator Paul-Michel, who watches the shooting, could not remain motionless, his dark silhouette is blurred. This moving document is perhaps the oldest photograph of Angevins identified! Arm folded on a maternal knee, Emile, son of Paul-Michel, sits on a step while his cousin Alfred is almost lying on the ground, his head resting against the leg of his mother apparently absorbed by the reading of a book. Paul-Michel Hossard has made several self-portraits. To accentuate his presence, he poses lightly against diving. He liked to add symbolic accessories like the sheet of paper and the pencil he holds in his hands to display his passion for drawing. It is best known today for its landscapes of the port of Tournelle taken in 1844 from the circular terrace at the corner of rue Bude and quai d’Orleans (Musée d’Orsay). During his research on storm and lightning in the high mountains (for which he probably uses daguerreotype), he contracted a nervous disease whose suffering led him to commit suicide by guns in 1862, in Jarzé, at the end of garden.
Bibliographie : Patrice Barraud, Le génie photographique d’Angers, Château d’Olonne, P. Barraud, 2007. Le daguerréotype français. Un objet photographique, Paris, RMN, 2003, cat. n° 133 et134.
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