Carriage with Figures

Object Details

Title:

Carriage with Figures

Artist/Maker(s):

Jean-Gabriel Eynard (Swiss, 1775 - 1863)

Culture:

Swiss

Date:

1849

Medium:

Daguerreotype

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Ready for the start of a summer family outing, two hatless young women perch in the rumble seat at the back of this carriage, a landau. More sedately, the older ladies inside the carriage wear bonnets since the top has been lowered. Because the horses fidgeted during the exposure, their heads are blurred, preventing the ensemble of figures, carriage, and horses from becoming a completely static silhouette against the facade of the house.

The dramatic drop from the grassy foreground into blackness makes the entire scene appear as though it occurred on some kind of elaborate stage set. Eynard was well acquainted with stage design. Inside this house was a private theater, and on another occasion he brought the theater's painted sets outside to be photographed.

Exhibitions
Arrows of Time: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (January 24 to April 2, 1995)
  • Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center at UCLA, (Los Angeles), January 24 to April 2, 1995
The Art of the Daguerreotype: Jean-Gabriel Eynard (April 14 to July 12, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), April 14 to July 12, 1998
Useful, sweet and alike a museum: Animals looking at us (October 21, 2005 to January 15, 2006)
  • Museum Folkwang, (Essen), October 21, 2005 to January 15, 2006