Oliver François Xavier Sarony
1 of 13 portraits by Oliver François Xavier Sarony
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Oliver François Xavier Sarony
by Oliver François Xavier Sarony
albumen print, late 1850s
6 1/8 in. x 4 7/8 in. (156 mm x 124 mm) oval
Sitterback to top
- Oliver François Xavier Sarony (1820-1879), Portrait photographer; brother of Napoleon Sarony. Sitter in 4 portraits, Artist associated with 13 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Oliver François Xavier Sarony (1820-1879), Portrait photographer; brother of Napoleon Sarony. Artist associated with 13 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Here his well-tailored coat and cap suggest the successful businessman rather than the working craftsman.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Rideal, Liz, Insights: Self-portraits, 2005, p. 94 Read entry
Born in Quebec, Sarony trained as a daguerrotypist in New York before travelling to Ireland and then England, where he set up his studio. A talented statesman, he encouraged his clients to buy hand-coloured enlargements of their portraits at 150 guineas apiece. Here his well-tailored coat and cap suggest the successful businessman rather than the working craftsman.
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 548
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- A Question of Identity: Self-Portrait Photographs 1850-2000 (20 September 2005 - 29 January 2006)
Events of 1857back to top
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Illustrator George Scharf becomes the first Secretary of the National Portrait Gallery, overseeing the collection's growth and its several moves around London before a permanent home is established in 1896, the year after Scharf's death.
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