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Napoleon Sarony (1821-1896)

Artist associated with 38 portraits
Canadian-born Sarony moved to New York in 1836 and worked as a lithographer for Nathaniel Currier until he established his own firm in 1843. Originally self-taught, in 1858 he went to Europe for artistic training. In 1864 he apprenticed himself to his brother, Oliver Sarony, a noted photographer in Scarborough. Within a year he went to Birmingham and partnered with R. W. Thrupp and Martin Laroche. Sarony returned to New York in 1866 and opened a studio on Broadway. He became one of the most famous photographers in America, specialising in photographing actors and actresses. He was particularly noted for the unconventional poses and animated expression he elicited from his sitters.

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P497

Wilkie Collins

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen print, circa 1873-1874
NPG P497

1781b

Adelaide Neilson

by Thomas Edward Gaunt, after a photograph by Napoleon Sarony
chalk, 1880
NPG 1781b

P24

Oscar Wilde

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen panel card, 1882
NPG P24

P25

Oscar Wilde

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen panel card, 1882
NPG P25

P1133

Oscar Wilde

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen cabinet card, 1883
NPG P1133

P1700(10b)

Walt Whitman

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen print, late 1880s-early 1890s
NPG P1700(10b)

x38884

Adelaide Ristori as Mary Stuart in 'Mary Stuart'

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1868
NPG x38884

Ax18184

Joseph Jefferson as Rip van Winkle in 'Rip van Winkle'

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, after Napoleon Sarony
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s (1869)
NPG Ax18184

Ax18185

Joseph Jefferson as Rip van Winkle in 'Rip van Winkle'

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s (1869)
NPG Ax18185

Ax18186

Joseph Jefferson as Rip van Winkle in 'Rip van Winkle'

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s (1869)
NPG Ax18186

x18859

Joseph Jefferson as Rip van Winkle in 'Rip van Winkle'

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen cabinet card, 1870s (1869)
NPG x18859

Ax25076

Carlotta Patti

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG Ax25076

Ax39854

Adelaide Neilson

by Simpson & Co, after Napoleon Sarony
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG Ax39854

x11885

Charles Albert Fechter as Hamlet in 'Hamlet'

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG x11885

x14

Cora Adriana

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG x14

x19003

Edwin Booth

probably by Napoleon Sarony
albumen cabinet card, 1870s
NPG x19003

x27586

Maud Branscombe

after Napoleon Sarony
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s-1880s
NPG x27586

x27748

Horace Greeley

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen cabinet card, early 1870s
NPG x27748

Ax28530

Sir Charles Santley

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1871
NPG Ax28530

x135652

Adelaide Neilson as Juliet in 'Romeo & Juliet'

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen carte-de-visite, 1871-1880
NPG x135652