[Native woman of Sofala, Mozambique]

[Native woman of Sofala, Mozambique]

Photograph

E. Thiésson

French, active ca. 1840s

[Native woman of Sofala, Mozambique]

1845
Daguerreotype
Image: 3 1/2 × 2 5/8 in. (8.9 × 6.6 cm)
Overall (1/2 plate): 6 × 5 1/16 × 1/4 in. (15.3 × 12.9 × 0.6 cm)
Gift of Eastman Kodak Company, ex-collection Gabriel Cromer
1969.0265.0140
Inscriptions Etched on plate, recto, BR: E. Thiesson 1845
Inscribed in ink, paper label applied on glass, recto, BRC: Naturelle de Sofala Monomo[tapa] \ âgeé de 30 ans. \ Quoique jeune encore cette femme a [les] \ cheveux presque entièrement blancs.
Inscribed in ink (Cromer's hand) on backing paper, verso, C: 1ère application de la \ photographie par les \ naturalistes voyageurs.\ (Voir "Merveilles de la Science" \ par Louis Figuier, vol. 3, page \ 164). \ Voir aussi Harmman, Arts Graphiques, \ février 1857, page 422 \ Voir "Revue Photographique" 5 Mai 58, p. 69.
Inscribed in pencil, backing paper, verso, TC: Sofala \ Mozambique \ (Colonie \ Portugaise)
Printed in ink, on newsprint applied to verso, T: from newspaper "la Mouche" 3 Sept 1844): Jusqu' à ce jour les portraits au daguerréotype \ étaient loin de toujours réussir. M. Arago vient \ d'annoncer à l'Académie que M. Tiesson [sic] a trou- \ vé le moyen d'exécuter à coup sûr des portraits \ photographiques qui ne laissent rien à désirer. \ Plusieurs des portraits obtenus par le procédé de \ M. Tiesson [sic] ont été soumis à l 'Académie, qui en a \ admi[ré la perfe]ction.
Inscribed in ink, on newsprint, verso, L / B: La Mouche / 3 7bre 1844
[Translation: Until now, the success of the daguerreotype portrait was far from always succeessful. Monsieur Arago announced to the Academy that Monsieur Thiésson has found a surefire way of making daguerreotype portraits that leave nothing to be desired. Several portraits made by Monsieur Thièsson's process have been submitted to the Academy who admired its perfection. La Mouche, 3 Sept 1844]
Inscribed in ink (Cromer's hand) on scalloped-edge printed label applied to verso, BLC: Collection G. Cromer \ 1933 \ 39
Inscribed in pencil, binding tape, verso, BRC: -371
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