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Napoléon Coste

A work made of albumen print.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of albumen print.




André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri
French, 1819–1889

About this artwork

In 1854 the Parisian photographer André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri introduced a method for producing multiple images on a single glass-plate negative. He also produced more portable studio portrait format: the carte-de-visite, which consists of a small portrait mounted on rigid paper stock about the size of a business card. The uncut contact sheet displayed here features eight different views of a single sitter. It comes from a reference album that Disdéri kept in his studio for reprint requests. The irreversible discolor-ation along the edges of the print was caused primarily by humidity, which penetrated the pages of the closed album over the years.


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Photography and Media


André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri


Napoléon Coste


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1859


Albumen print


Image/paper: 20 × 23.3 cm (7 7/8 × 9 3/16 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by Helen Harvey Mills in honor of Katherine Bussard

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