“Descended from a noble Spanish banking family, Count Olympio-Clémente Aguado de las Marismas began to photograph about 1849. As one of the early practitioners who “welcome[d] the new art and who devoted to it not a little energy and money, but their fortunes and their lifetimes,” Aguado made both daguerreotypes and calotypes and may even have exhibited his paper negatives. Eventually turning to collodion-on-glass negatives, he made enlargements by projection, which was highly unusual in the 1850s. As a testament to his technical skills, Aguado once successfully printed 20,000 francs in counterfeit money for a friend’s single night of high living. In addition to making nature studies and landscapes, he also indulged in theatrical tableaux vivants involving friends and family.” (Getty Museum)
Weekly drawing by Theophile Bouchet : Le Comte Facétieux
José de San Martin was Olympe Aguado’s mentor.