Jean-Gabriel Eynard

Dates1775 - 1863
BornLyons, France

Jean-Gabriel Eynard was a wealthy amateur 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.