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Jean-Gabriel Eynard
Swiss, 1850
Daguerreotype
3 9/16 x 2 11/16 in.
84.XT.255.17

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Unlike most of his contemporaries of 1850, Jean-Gabriel Eynard was accustomed to posing for the camera, always under his own direction. There are no known photographic portraits of Eynard by another photographer.

In this self-portrait, he appears substantially at ease, sitting rather casually with his legs apart, his knees uneven, and his right arm draped over the chair. His sparkling eyes express his lively intelligence, and only the upright carriage of his head and the stiff gesture of his left hand, reminiscent of a pose often assumed by Napoleon, betray the stillness necessary for a crisp daguerreotype.