P. J. Delbarre & Cie. Portrait of Photographer Auguste Vacquerie
Medium Salt print from wet plate negative
Mount on original mount trimmed to edges
Photo Date 1860c Print Date 1860c
Dimensions 13 x 10 in. (330 x 254 mm)
Photo Country France
Photographer Country France
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About This Image
Signed in red ink at lower right corner. P. J. Delbarre was photographer to her Imperial Highness Princess Mathilde and took Jules Verne's definitive portrait shortly after Verne was married. He was also known to take several other photographers' portraits, including Auguste Vacquerie and Alphonse Davanne. Delbarre participated in the 1865 exposition of the Société française de photographie and was active through the 1860s. He had studios at rue Durantin 14 and at Blvd. des Italiens.
Auguste Vacquerie (1819-1895) was a French journalist, photographer and man of letters. Vacquerie was born at Villequier (Seine-Maritime) on November 19, 1819. He was from his earliest days an admirer of Victor Hugo, with whom he was connected by the marriage of his brother Charles with Léopoldine Hugo. His earlier romantic productions include a volume of poems, L'Enfer de l'esprit (1840); a translation of the Antigone (1844) in collaboration with Paul Meurice; and Tragaldabas (1848), a melodrama. He was one of the principal contributors to the journal L'Événement and followed Hugo into his exile in Jersey in 1852, where he took photographs of the Hugo family and relatives. He taught photography to Charles Hugo, the son of Victor. In 1869 he returned to Paris, and with Meurice and others founded the anti-imperial Rappel. His articles in this paper were more than once the occasion of legal proceedings. After 1870 he became editor of Rappel. His other works include Souvent homme varie (1859), a comedy in verse; Jean Baudry (1863), the most successful of his plays; Aujourd'hui et demain (1875); Futura (pub. 1900), and poems on philosophical and humanitarian subjects. He published a collected edition of his plays in 1879 and a collection of essays in 1885. Vacquerie died in Paris on February 19, 1895. In the year of his death, the rue Auguste-Vacquerie, in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, was named in his honor.
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