Jean-Gabriel Eynard

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Jean-Gabriel Eynard was a wealthy photographer who made photographs chiefly for his own amusement. He learned the daguerreotype process in Paris in the early 1840s, not long after the invention of the process was announced in 1839. His financial independence afforded him the time and ability to practice photography, which in its infancy was an expensive pastime and difficult to master.

Assisted by his gardener Jean Rion, Eynard photographed his family, his servants, and the general daily life at his home in Geneva, Switzerland.

[Town House of Jean-Gabriel Eynard, called Palais Eynard, Geneva, Switzerland], Jean-Gabriel Eynard, about 1843, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
[Group portrait of five], Jean-Gabriel Eynard, about 1843, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
[Group portrait of eight members of the Circle of Eynard-Lullin], Jean-Gabriel Eynard, about 1843, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
[Jean-Gabriel Eynard and Mme. Eynard-Lullin], Jean-Gabriel Eynard, about 1843, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
[Group portrait of two mothers and two children], Jean-Gabriel Eynard, about 1843, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
[Portrait of a woman with a baby], Jean-Gabriel Eynard, about 1843, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
[Portrait of Jean-Gabriel Eynard and an unidentified man], Jean-Gabriel Eynard, about 1845, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
Self-Portrait with a Folio Volume, Jean-Gabriel Eynard, about 1845, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
Jean-Gabriel and Anne-Charlotte-Adélaide Eynard, about 1845, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
[Portrait of two moustachioed men], Jean-Gabriel Eynard, about 1845, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
[Study of a white foal], Jean-Gabriel Eynard, about 1845, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
[La Volière] / [Aviary of Jean-Gabriel Eynard], Jean-Gabriel Eynard, about 1845, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
Jean-Gabriel and Anne-Charlotte-Adélaide Eynard, about 1845, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
The deRegny Children and Their Nanny, about 1846, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
Members of the Eynard Family and Friends, about 1846, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
[Portrait of two of the daughters of Sophie Eynard-Eynard], Jean-Gabriel Eynard, about 1846, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
Seven Members of the Eynard Family, Jean-Gabriel Eynard, about 1847, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
[Portrait of an unidentified man of the circle of Eynard-Lullin], Jean-Gabriel Eynard, about 1847, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
[Peasants with oxen and wagon], Jean-Gabriel Eynard, about 1847, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
Cityscape of Geneva, Jean-Gabriel Eynard, about 1847, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
Cityscape of Geneva, Jean-Gabriel Eynard, about 1847, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
Portrait of Seven Servants, about 1848, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
Group Portrait of Ten Eynard-Lullin Family Members and Friends, 1849, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
[Daguerreotype of an unidentified painting], Jean-Gabriel Eynard, about 1850, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
Still Life of Greek Vases and Three Paintings, Jean-Gabriel Eynard, about 1850, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
The Orangery in the Botanical Garden, Geneva, about 1850, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
[Group portrait of two female children and two female servants of Jean-Gabriel Eynard], Jean-Gabriel Eynard, about 1850, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
Family and Friends at Fleur d'eau, Jean-Gabriel Eynard, about 1850, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
[Portrait of the children of Sophie Eynard-Eynard], Jean-Gabriel Eynard, about 1850, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
[Self-portrait of Jean-Gabriel Eynard], Jean-Gabriel Eynard, about 1850, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
Father, Daughters, and Nurse, Thomas Martin Easterly, about 1850, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
[Portrait of Sophie Eynard-Eynard and two of her daughters], Jean-Gabriel Eynard, about 1850, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
[Carriage and team of two horses at Beaulieu country house of Jean-Gabriel Eynard], Jean-Gabriel Eynard, about 1850, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
Scene at Beaulieu, Jean-Gabriel Eynard, 1850, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
[Town house of Jean-Gabriel Eynard called Palais Eynard, overlooking the garden], Jean-Gabriel Eynard, about 1851, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
[Group portrait of three men], Jean-Gabriel Eynard, 1850–1855, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
[Group portrait of nine Eynard-Lullin family members], Jean-Gabriel Eynard, about 1851, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
Self-portrait, Jean-Gabriel Eynard, about 1851, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
[Town house of Jean-Gabriel Eynard called Palais Eynard, Switzerland], Jean-Gabriel Eynard, about April 8, 1851, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
[Clock Tower House with Apiary], Jean-Gabriel Eynard, about 1852, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
Portrait of Caroline Emilia Mary Herschel, John Jabez Edwin Mayall, about 1853, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
Self-Portrait with Daguerreotype of Roman Forum, about 1845, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
About 1853 - Jean-Gabriel Eynard made this daguerreotype self-portrait with the assistance of his valet, Jean Rion. At nearly seventy years of age, Eynard presented himself as a distinguished, proud character, his attenuated, crossed leg kicking across the frame in perfect, almost dancer-like form. Believing that pose revealed a sitter's personality, Eynard chose the gesture deliberately. On the table Eynard displayed a daguerreotype of the temples of Saturn and Divine Vespasian in the Roman forum, possibly one that he made. Although the complete title is illegible, the word CAPODISTRIAS is discernible on the large pamphlet placed on the chair beside him. Scholars have suggested that Eynard wrote the pamphlet in memory of his close friend Joannis Capodistrias, the martyred first President of Greece. Throughout his life, Eynard was devoted to the cause of Greek independence and perhaps included a reference here to indicate the cause's importance to him.
[Daguerreotype of an unidentified painting or etching], 1845 - 1850, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
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