Gelatin silver print (206 x 150 mm), mounted on board (223 x 166).
Signed "P. Nadar" in ink at lower right.
Lightly faded; edges silvered; ca. 1/8th of lower portion trimmed.
The defects in the lower quarter of the image are part of the original negative and are evident on all prints of the present image.
Gaspard-Félix Tournachon (1820-1910), known simply as Nadar, was a major figure in early photography, capturing images of many of the major Parisian personalities of the 19th century. His fascination with ballooning led him to be the first person to take aerial photographs on a flight in 1858. Nadar's famous studio was taken over by his son, Paul Nadar (1856-1939).
Nadar took this image of Rossini in March 1856, a year after the composer had moved back to Paris. It is one of the earliest and best-known photographs of the operatic master. Due to damage to the original plate, Nadar made only a single proof at the time, now held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Nevertheless, the image would serve as the basis for numerous lithographs and engravings over the following decades. Nadar's son Paul made prints from the original plate in the early part of the 20th century, and it is from these prints that the image is known today.
- Nadar (Gaspard-Félix Tournachon)
- Titel des Kunstwerks
- Portrait of Gioachino Rossini (1856), printed and signed by Paul Nadar, ca. 1910
- 206×150 mm