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Portrait of Théophile Gautier

about 1854
Adrien Tournachon (known as Nadar jeune) (French, 1825–1903)


Image: 26 × 18.2 cm (10 1/4 × 7 3/16 in.) Sheet: 31.5 × 23.7 cm (12 3/8 × 9 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Photograph, salt print from paper negative

Not On View




November 10, 2016, anonymous sale, Binoche Renaud-Giquello et Associés, lot 85, to Serge Kakou (dealer), Paris [see note]; 2019, sold by Serge Kakou to MFA. (Accession Date: February 20, 2019)

NOTE: According to the dealer, the photograph may have been consigned by Marie-Thérèse and André Jammes, Paris, who had acquired a large group of Nadar/Tournachon photographs in the 1960s from Michel-François Braive. Braive, in turn, had acquired his photographs from Marthe Nadar.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Elisa Fredrickson