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Oliver François Xavier Sarony

(1820-1879), Portrait photographer; brother of Napoleon Sarony

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 4 portraits
Artist associated with 13 portraits
Born in Quebec, Sarony trained as a daguerreotypist in New York before travelling to England. He set up his lavishly decorated studio in Scarborough in 1857, where people from all around the country travelled to be photographed. As his business brought a large amount of money to the town, the square in which his studio stood was renamed 'Sarony Square'. Although less known than his brother, Napoleon Sarony, he was one of the most successful provincial photographers of his time.

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Oliver François Xavier Sarony, by Oliver François Xavier Sarony - NPG x131010

Oliver François Xavier Sarony

by Oliver François Xavier Sarony
albumen carte-de-visite, early 1860s
NPG x131010

Oliver François Xavier Sarony, by Camille Silvy - NPG Ax54278

Oliver François Xavier Sarony

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 9 June 1861
NPG Ax54278

Oliver François Xavier Sarony, probably by Oliver François Xavier Sarony - NPG x197895

Oliver François Xavier Sarony

probably by Oliver François Xavier Sarony
carbon print, 1870s
NPG x197895

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Steve Lightfoot

16 December 2020, 10:10

For further information on Oliver Sarony see my research on and his Scarborough Studio here and in answer to Robert Smith's question about the sea rescue here

Robert Smith

30 July 2017, 13:09

Iam told by friends of mine who have just bought a flat in Scarborough that the site of Sarony's studio is now sadly a carpark! And they refer to him being the hero of a sea rescue. do you know about this?

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