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Charles Nègre

The Salute to the Emperor (Imperial Asylum at Vincennes, 15 August)

Estimate:

10,000

to
- 15,000 USD

Charles Nègre

Charles Nègre

The Salute to the Emperor (Imperial Asylum at Vincennes, 15 August)

The Salute to the Emperor (Imperial Asylum at Vincennes, 15 August)

Estimate:

10,000

to
- 15,000 USD

Charles Nègre

1820 - 1880

The Salute to the Emperor (Imperial Asylum at Vincennes, 15 August)


large-format oval albumen print from wet plate negative, mounted, mounted again to larger card, 1859

image: 12 ⅞ by 17 ¼ in. (32.7 by 43.8 cm.)

overall: 18 ⅜ by 23 in. (46.7 by 58.4 cm.)

Please note the color and shades in the online catalogue illustration may vary depending on screen settings. Grading this albumen print on a scale of 1 to 10 – a 10 being an albumen print that has deep brown dark tones and highlights that retain all of their original detail – this print rates a 7. The darks retain their saturation and detail, for instance in the tablecloth under the bust of the Emperor, but the highlights appear somewhat blown out. This print is in generally very good condition. There is foxing throughout the photograph and on both of the mounts. When examined closely, deposits of original retouching can be seen in several areas, most noticeably an area along the lower edge. On the reverse is scattered foxing overall. '15683' is written in an unidentified hand in pencil.


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Collection of the photographer's family, Grasse, France

Galerie Françoise Paviot, Paris

Françoise Heilbrun, Charles Nègre: Das Photographische Werk: 1820-1880 (Munich, 1998), no. 36, p. 32

73 Photographs from David and Mary Robinson at The National Gallery of Art (San Francisco, 2007), pl. 9

In May 1859, Charles Nègre was commissioned to make a photographic album of the new Imperial Asylum at Vincennes. Established by Napoleon III and located on the outskirts of Paris in a former royal park, the mission of the hospital was to provide the same level of care to workmen injured on the construction site or in a factory as that given to French military veterans. The present image of the inauguration ceremony in August 1859 appeared as the first plate of this celebratory album. The patients in attendance tip their hats to Napoleon III's bust, as the Emperor was unable to attend the ceremony in person.