29.06.2017 Thursday 29 June. PWT 26-2017 Moscow in the Time of Alexandre Dumas & Theophile Gautier (For the pleasure of 2017 Kolomna symposium attendees)

As Theophile Gautier told, Moscow was then “a total surprise for visitors, painters or daguerrerian artists had produced scarce images”. Ferdinand Bureau deserves a special attention, his photographs are among the very first representations of Moscow, only a few years after Roger Fenton’s.

We still do not know if Ferdinand Bureau (1813-1893) is a relative of the French Bureau family of photographers: Stanislas Victor Bureau (1806-1888), Victor Stanislas Bureau (1833-unkn.), Palmyre Stanislas dit Léon Bureau (1838-unkn.), Jean-Albert Dumaine. A fashionable newspaper relates that Ferdinand angaged and married in Moscow Xaverine-Henriette-Octavie, daughter of colonel St-Sclair, of Scottish origin).

PWT 26-2017 Changing Places Moscow in the 1850s

 

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