Gounod, Charles-François. (1818–1893) [Petit, Pierre. (1832–1909)

Original Photograph

Large original photograph of the prolific French composer, photographed by Pierre Petit, Paris, ca. 1870s, printed later. Unsigned. Gelatin silver print. Handling marks throughout, retouching throughout, graphite marks l.c., emulsion losses along edges underneath mat, print corners trimmed for octagonal display. Overall in fine condition.  Sight 7.75 x 9.75 inches (19.7 x 24.8 cm.); matted to an overall size of 13.75 x 15.75 inches (35 x 40 cm.).

Pierre Petit began his experimental career as a photographer making daguerreotypes. A pioneer in photography, he was one of the first to successfully use electric light in his portraits. Some of Petit's additional "firsts" include his attempts at underwater photography and printing photographs on fabric.

A prolific portraitist, Petit's straightforward style and willingness to photograph on location, as opposed to working strictly out of a studio, made him a photographer of choice for a growing list of patrons. In 1861, Petit included a series of portraits of writers in the publication Galerie des illustrations contemporaines that he used to advertise his services. (20837)

Unsigned Photograph
Classical Music
Photographs & Portraiture
Composers / Conductors / Instrumentalists