The Brothers Sarony
Past display archive
20 October 2009 - 13 June 2010
Room 28 case display
Sarah Bernhardt in 'Frou-Frou'
by Napoleon Sarony
In 1877 the Photographic News announced that Oliver’s premises was ‘probably the largest establishment devoted to photography in the world’. He brought so much business to the town that the square in which his studio stood was renamed Sarony Square. Napoleon became so successful that in 1871 he expanded his Broadway premises to an entire building for which he paid $8000 rental a year. At his death The New York Times estimated he had made over 40 000 negatives of show business personalities.
Featured sitters include Adah Menken, Sarah Bernhardt, Walt Whitman, Matthew Arnold and Princess Louise, The Duchess of Argyll.
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