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Napoleon Sarony

(1821-1896), Photographer

Artist associated with 57 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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Wilkie Collins, by Napoleon Sarony - NPG P497

Wilkie Collins

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

Adelaide Neilson, by Thomas Edward Gaunt, after a photograph by  Napoleon Sarony - NPG 1781b

Adelaide Neilson

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

Oscar Wilde, by Napoleon Sarony - NPG P24

Oscar Wilde

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen panel card, 1882
NPG P24

Oscar Wilde, by Napoleon Sarony - NPG P25

Oscar Wilde

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen panel card, 1882
NPG P25

Oscar Wilde, by Napoleon Sarony - NPG P1133

Oscar Wilde

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen cabinet card, 1883
NPG P1133

Walt Whitman, by Napoleon Sarony - NPG P1700(10b)

Walt Whitman

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

Adah Isaacs Menken, by Napoleon Sarony - NPG x197134

Adah Isaacs Menken

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen print, 1866
NPG x197134

Adelaide Ristori as Mary Stuart in 'Mary Stuart', by Napoleon Sarony - NPG x38884

Adelaide Ristori as Mary Stuart in 'Mary Stuart'

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

Joseph Jefferson as Rip van Winkle in 'Rip van Winkle', by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, after  Napoleon Sarony - NPG 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

Joseph Jefferson as Rip van Winkle in 'Rip van Winkle', by Napoleon Sarony - NPG Ax18185

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

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

Joseph Jefferson as Rip van Winkle in 'Rip van Winkle', by Napoleon Sarony - NPG Ax18186

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

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

Joseph Jefferson as Rip van Winkle in 'Rip van Winkle', by Napoleon Sarony - NPG x18859

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

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

Carlotta Patti, by Napoleon Sarony - NPG Ax25076

Carlotta Patti

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

Adelaide Neilson, by Simpson & Co, after  Napoleon Sarony - NPG Ax39854

Adelaide Neilson

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

Charles Albert Fechter as Hamlet in 'Hamlet', by Napoleon Sarony - NPG x11885

Charles Albert Fechter as Hamlet in 'Hamlet'

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

Cora Adriana, by Napoleon Sarony - NPG x14

Cora Adriana

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

Edwin Booth, probably by Napoleon Sarony - NPG x19003

Edwin Booth

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

Maud Branscombe, after Napoleon Sarony - NPG x27586

Maud Branscombe

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

Horace Greeley, by Napoleon Sarony - NPG x27748

Horace Greeley

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

Pauline Lucca, by Napoleon Sarony - NPG x197364

Pauline Lucca

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen cabinet card, 1870s
NPG x197364

Mary Frances Scott-Siddons, by Napoleon Sarony - NPG x196959

Mary Frances Scott-Siddons

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen cabinet card, circa 1870
NPG x196959

Mary Frances Scott-Siddons, by Napoleon Sarony - NPG x196969

Mary Frances Scott-Siddons

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen print, circa 1870
NPG x196969

Sir Charles Santley, by Napoleon Sarony - NPG Ax28530

Sir Charles Santley

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

Adelaide Neilson as Juliet in 'Romeo & Juliet', by Napoleon Sarony - NPG x135652

Adelaide Neilson as Juliet in 'Romeo & Juliet'

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

Mary Frances Scott-Siddons as Queen Elizabeth, by Napoleon Sarony - NPG x196960

Mary Frances Scott-Siddons as Queen Elizabeth

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen cabinet card, circa 1871
NPG x196960

Mary Frances Scott-Siddons, by Napoleon Sarony - NPG x196964

Mary Frances Scott-Siddons

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen cabinet card, 1871
NPG x196964

James Anthony Froude, by Napoleon Sarony - NPG x196977

James Anthony Froude

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen cabinet card, 1872
NPG x196977

Charles Kingsley, by Napoleon Sarony - NPG x197323

Charles Kingsley

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen cabinet card, 1874
NPG x197323

George Richard Rignold as King Henry V, by Napoleon Sarony - NPG x197149

George Richard Rignold as King Henry V

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1875
NPG x197149

Jennie Lee, by Napoleon Sarony - NPG Ax28582

Jennie Lee

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1876
NPG Ax28582

Adelaide Neilson as Viola in 'Twelfth Night', by Napoleon Sarony - NPG x197374

Adelaide Neilson as Viola in 'Twelfth Night'

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen cabinet card, late 1870s
NPG x197374

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, by Napoleon Sarony - NPG x17945

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen cabinet card, early 1880s?
NPG x17945

Sarah Bernhardt in 'Frou-Frou', by Napoleon Sarony - NPG x1191

Sarah Bernhardt in 'Frou-Frou'

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen panel card, 1880
NPG x1191

Sarah Bernhardt, after Napoleon Sarony - NPG x27585

Sarah Bernhardt

after Napoleon Sarony
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1880
NPG x27585

Mary Anderson (Mrs de Navarro), after Napoleon Sarony - NPG x22240

Mary Anderson (Mrs de Navarro)

after Napoleon Sarony
albumen cabinet card, 1880s?
NPG x22240

Letty Lind (Letitia Elizabeth Rudge), by Napoleon Sarony - NPG x197360

Letty Lind (Letitia Elizabeth Rudge)

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen cabinet card, 1880s
NPG x197360

Adelaide Ristori, by Napoleon Sarony - NPG x197380

Adelaide Ristori

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen cabinet card, 1880s
NPG x197380

Ellen Terry, by Napoleon Sarony - NPG x197396

Ellen Terry

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen cabinet card, 1880s
NPG x197396

Ellen Terry, by Napoleon Sarony - NPG x197412

Ellen Terry

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen cabinet card, 1880s
NPG x197412

Lillie Langtry as Rosalind in 'As You Like It', by Napoleon Sarony - NPG x132851

Lillie Langtry as Rosalind in 'As You Like It'

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen cabinet card, 1882
NPG x132851

Matthew Arnold, by Napoleon Sarony - NPG x126743

Matthew Arnold

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen cabinet card, 1883
NPG x126743

Lord Ronald Charles Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, by Napoleon Sarony - NPG x26583

Lord Ronald Charles Sutherland-Leveson-Gower

by Napoleon Sarony
photogravure, published 1902 (circa 1884)
NPG x26583

(Walter) Brandon Thomas, by Napoleon Sarony - NPG x25223

(Walter) Brandon Thomas

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen cabinet card, circa 1885
NPG x25223

Sarah Bernhardt, by Napoleon Sarony, published by  Burt Sharp - NPG x5681

Sarah Bernhardt

by Napoleon Sarony, published by Burt Sharp
albumen carte-de-visite, published 1886-1894
NPG x5681

Walt Whitman, by Napoleon Sarony - NPG x15420

Walt Whitman

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen cabinet card, late 1880s-early 1890s
NPG x15420

Annie Shepherd Swan (Mrs Burnett Smith), by Napoleon Sarony - NPG x197967

Annie Shepherd Swan (Mrs Burnett Smith)

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen cabinet card, circa 1887
NPG x197967

Walt Whitman, by Napoleon Sarony, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x27376

Walt Whitman

by Napoleon Sarony, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1900s (1889 or before)
NPG x27376

Edward Hugh Sothern as Captain Letterblair, by Napoleon Sarony - NPG x138925

Edward Hugh Sothern as Captain Letterblair

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen cabinet card, circa 1892
NPG x138925

Walt Whitman, by Moritz Klinkicht, supplement to the  Illustrated London News, after  Napoleon Sarony - NPG D37573

Walt Whitman

by Moritz Klinkicht, supplement to the Illustrated London News, after Napoleon Sarony
wood engraving, published 16 November 1889
NPG D37573

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