Henri-Victor Regnault was one of a small group of artists at the Royal Porcelain Factory at Sèvres who experimented with paper print photography beginning soon after the 1848 revolution, when the factory’s activity slowed with the absence of royal commissions for lavish wares. His training as both a painter and chemist prepared him well for the new art of photography, and he found his subject close at hand in the lazy river and peaceful village landscape just west of Paris. Although the beauty and ambitious scale of Regnault’s pictures show him to have been a skilled photographer, few of his photographs survive.


  • Title: Sevres, La Seine à Meudon
  • Creator: Henri-Victor Regnault
  • Date: 1852 - 1853
  • Physical Dimensions: w43.7 x h34.1 cm (sheet)
  • Type: Photographs
  • External Link: MFAH
  • Medium: Salted paper print from paper negative
  • Credit Line: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, museum purchase funded by The Brown Foundation, Inc., The Manfred Heiting Collection

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