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(1820-1910), Photographer

Nadar (Gaspard Félix Tournachon)

Artist associated with 54 portraits
Born in Paris in 1820, Nadar, was well known for the caricatures he produced, which appeared in Le Charivari, long before he took up photography. He opened his first photography studio in 1854 in Paris, and was praised for the manner by which he captured the true character of his sitters. He photographed many prominent Parisians, most of whom were his associates. Nadar soon became interested in different types of photography and spent increasingly more time away from his studio. As one of the first persons to use artificial light, he photographed the catacombs of Paris. Nadar left his studio to his son Paul before he died in 1910. The National Portrait Gallery holds more than 35 of his photographs.

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John Gibson, by Nadar - NPG P227

John Gibson

by Nadar
salt print, circa 1862
NPG P227

Alphonse Marie Louise Prat de Lamartine, by Nadar - NPG Ax17890

Alphonse Marie Louise Prat de Lamartine

by Nadar
albumen carte-de-visite, 1855-1860
NPG Ax17890

Jules Gabriel Janin, by Nadar - NPG Ax17891

Jules Gabriel Janin

by Nadar
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1855
NPG Ax17891

(Augustin) Eugène Scribe, by Nadar - NPG x74519

(Augustin) Eugène Scribe

by Nadar
albumen carte-de-visite, 1855-1860
NPG x74519

Gioacchino Rossini, by Nadar - NPG x4051

Gioacchino Rossini

by Nadar
albumen carte-de-visite, (circa 1856)
NPG x4051

Gioacchino Rossini, by Nadar - NPG Ax7286

Gioacchino Rossini

by Nadar
carbon print, circa 1856
NPG Ax7286

Eugène Delacroix, by Nadar - NPG Ax17178

Eugène Delacroix

by Nadar
albumen carte-de-visite, 1858
NPG Ax17178

Henry Wyndham Phillips, by Nadar - NPG Ax14944

Henry Wyndham Phillips

by Nadar
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax14944

Émile Maximilien Paul Littré, by Nadar - NPG Ax17905

Émile Maximilien Paul Littré

by Nadar
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1860
NPG Ax17905

Giuseppe Verdi, by Nadar - NPG x4050

Giuseppe Verdi

by Nadar
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x4050

Madame Stolypine, by Nadar - NPG x38811

Madame Stolypine

by Nadar
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x38811

Louis Adolphe Thiers, by Nadar - NPG Ax30393

Louis Adolphe Thiers

by Nadar
albumen carte-de-visite, 1862 or before
NPG Ax30393

Gustave Doré, by Nadar - NPG Ax17190

Gustave Doré

by Nadar
albumen carte-de-visite, March 1862
NPG Ax17190

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