Lot n° 33
1000 - 1500 EUR
Result with fees
NADAR Félix (1820-1910)
2 L.A.S. "Nadar", [1872?] and n.d., to Philippe GILLE; 2 and 3 pages in-8, the 1st with its number N and motto Quand même !, the 2nd with commercial letterhead
Photograph Nadar (enclosed envelope of April 13, 1899).
Gille offering to defend him, Nadar gives him essential information about his work. He left his workshop on the Boulevard des Capucines for a "private hotel" on Rue d'Anjou Honoré, where he was able to set up "in marvellous conditions precious workshops for the most difficult and delicate of our professional tasks. It is true to say that we obtain really extraordinary results and we cannot be more precious to families by making from a very small, bad, yellowed, erased print of an old daguerreotype, portraits of all sizes, even nature, absolutely perfect in black and colour".
He recommends him to insist "on this enlarging workshop, unique in the world (it is true) and whose results as an intimate resemblance are above all that can be seen". He cites several of his "large portraits made without the models, by a kind of genius of guessing", including that of George Sand. He insists on the superiority of his proofs in these new workshops compared to the Boulevard des Capucines .
Tuesday 187 [2?]. Nadar begs Gille to help him conclude a deal with a "restif" [it is the sale of the collection of his photographs to Villemessant, director of the Figaro]. The situation becomes all the more serious as he leaves for a week in Normandy, just before his cure in Aix and his return through Switzerland to give lectures. He would like to be able to leave with peace of mind, and be sure to renew his "lease of health" in Aix.
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