Cercle of Gustave de Beaucorps: calotype paper negative, ca. 1855
Unknown photographer, circle of Gustave de Beaucorps.
Waxed paper negative of a man sitting near a tree. The man wears a workers shirt and a cap. His shadow is clearly visible behind him. A washing line hangs from the tree with two pieces of cloth hanging. Maybe as a reflector to light up a darker part.
Could be a farmer, maybe an artist or his assistent.
ca. 18,2 x 14,3 cm
Calotype paper negatives are rare. Outdoor portraits like this one are even rearer!
Uneven trimmed. Normal traces of use.
More information about French calotypes and photographers in the following book. Aubenas et Roubert, Primitifs de la Photographie - Le calotype en France 1843-1860, 2010.