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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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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

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