Cabinet card featuring an unpublished self portrait of Napoleon Sarony taken at his New York studio located at 680 Broadway, which he occupied from 1866-1871. Originally from the archives of the famous New York art collector, Chester Dale (1883-1962), which is annotated on mount verso.
Born in Quebec in 1821, Sarony moved to New York at the age of 15 to work as a lithographer for Nathaniel Currier, holding this position until 1843 when he established his own lithography firm. In 1867, Sarony opened a photography studio in New York at a time when celebrity portraiture was highly popular. Sarony, known for his colorful and eccentric personality, quickly became the preeminent photographer of his day, producing portraits of virtually every star of the New York stage, including Sarah Bernhardt, the actress he reportedly paid $1500 to pose for his camera. Among the thousands of people that came through Sarony's studio were many other distinguished, high-profile figures including Civil War General W.T. Sherman, and writers such as Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde.
Corner and edge wear to mount. Even toning to print.
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