Emile Augier

Nadarabout August 1857

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The author of twenty-nine plays, Guillaume-Victor-Émile Augier was one of the principal French playwrights of the 1800s. Said to be a bon vivant and something of a lady-killer, Augier here presents a wholly dignified, if distant, appearance for the camera, impeccably dressed and clearly prosperous. He and Nadar had known each other from around the 1840s.

At about the same time and from nearly the same angle as this photograph, Nadar made an undated caricature of Augier. Both emphasize, and in the case of the caricature exaggerate, the shape of Augier's most salient feature, his prominent nose. Profile views were rare in Nadar's photographs, probably because they made it impossible to capture the expression of the sitter's eyes and lessened the interaction of subject and photographer. The result here is a more formal portrait than Nadar usually sought.

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  • Title: Emile Augier
  • Creator: Nadar [Gaspard Félix Tournachon]
  • Date: about August 1857
  • Physical Dimensions: 23.7 x 18.7 cm (9 5/16 x 7 3/8 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Salted paper print
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Signature: Signed in ink, recto of print: "Nadar/ 113 R Lazare"
  • Object Type: Print
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 84.XM.262.3
  • Markings: Markings: Blind stamp, recto of mount below print: "Nadar/ 113 Rue Ste Lazare 113/ Pas de Succursale" Blind stamp upper left corner recto mount: "Papeterie/ J Berville/ Ch Aussee d'antin/ Paris"
  • Inscription: Inscription: Inscribed in ink on recto of mount: "Emile Augier"
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: French
  • Classification: Photographs