Nadar (Gaspard Felix Tournachon) Louis-Adolphe Thiers
Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1850s Print Date 1900c
Dimensions 9-5/8 x 6-9/16 in. (245 x 168 mm)
Photo Country France
Photographer Country France
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About This Image
This image by Felix Nadar is printed from the original glass negative plate by Paul Nadar, his son. It is signed, stamped and captioned on the verso. An important piece of documentation of an important image by one of the masters of early photography.
Louis-Adolphe Thiers (Marseille, April 16, 1797–September 3, 1877) was a French politician and historian. Thiers was a prime minister under King Louis-Philippe of France. Following the overthrow of the Second Empire he again came to prominence as the French leader who suppressed the revolutionary Paris Commune of 1871. From 1871 to 1873 he served initially as Head of State (effectively a provisional President of France), then provisional President. When, following a vote of no confidence in the National Assembly, his offer of resignation was accepted (he had expected a rejection) he was forced to vacate the office. He was replaced as Provisional President by Patrice MacMahon, duc de Magenta, who became full President of the Republic, a post Thiers had coveted, in 1875 when a series of constitutional laws officially creating the Third Republic were enacted.
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