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Eugène Nicolas: a waxed paper negative of Saint Jacques, Dieppe, ca. 1855

Image of Eugène Nicolas: a waxed paper negative of Saint Jacques, Dieppe, ca. 1855

A rare waxed paper negative made by Alexandre Eugène Nicolas (1814-1862). Depicting the gothic church Saint Jacques in Dieppe, Normandy.

Nicolas started his photographic work in the early 1850's. He made a lot of architectural photographs and landscapes in France. Hyères, Nice, Nîmes, Paris, Saint-Denis and Chantilly were some of his subjects. But his most interesting photographs were made in Normandy, like this one in Dieppe.

Waxed salted paper negative, Nr. 63 in the negative.
There are some parts missing between the roof of the church and the painted sky. Probably caused by the painted sky. Normal traces of use.
(Last picture is a digital positive, for reference only)

ca. 27 x 35 cm
ca. 1850's

A large part of E. Nicolas his calotype archive (about 170 prints) was bought in the 1960's by André Jammes from the collection of Albert Gilles. These negatives are scattered now.

Literature:
Aubenas et Roubert: Primitifs de la Photographie - Le calotype en France 1843-1860, Gallimard 2010. (p. 298)

Aubenas: The Lens of Impressionism. photography and Painting along the Normandy Coast, 1850-1874, Hudson Hills Press 2009 (p. 111-127)

Photographie IV. Collection Marie-Thérèse et André Jammes, vente Sotheby's Paris 2008 (lot 57)