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).