Portrait of Jean Rion

Jean-Gabriel Eynard (Swiss, 1775 - 1863)about 1850

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Jean Rion, Jean-Gabriel Eynard's longtime valet, was the only one of his servants to become the sole subject of a formal portrait. Eynard probably singled him out in recognition of his work as Eynard's capable daguerreotypy assistant. Rion painstakingly prepared the plates and often performed the last-minute chemical procedures essential to the process, and removed and replaced the lens cap, which marked the beginning and end of the exposure. In this portrait, Eynard captured Rion's modest, serious, and thoughtful demeanor.

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  • Title: Portrait of Jean Rion
  • Date Created: about 1850
  • Location: Not on display
  • Type: Cased object
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  • External Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=44629
  • Medium: Daguerreotype
  • daguerreotypist: Jean-Gabriel Eynard (Swiss, 1775 - 1863)
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  • Subject: Servants, Jean Rion