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Hippolyte Bayard

Self-Portrait as Drowned Man

Self-Portrait as Drowned Man, Hippolyte Bayard
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Self-Portrait as Drowned Man is an Early Photography Photography and Paper Photographic Print created by Hippolyte Bayard in 1840. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Self-portraits and Death in Art. Download

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“The corpse which you see here is that of M. Bayard, inventor of the process that has just been shown to you. As far as I know this indefatigable experimenter has been occupied for about three years with his discovery. The Government which has been only too generous to Monsieur Daguerre, has said it can do nothing for Monsieur Bayard, and the poor wretch has drowned himself. Oh the vagaries of human life....! ... He has been at the morgue for several days, and no-one has recognized or claimed him. Ladies and gentlemen, you'd better pass along for fear of offending your sense of smell, for as you can observe, the face and hands of the gentleman are beginning to decay.”

Reed Enger, "Self-Portrait as Drowned Man," in Obelisk Art History, Published February 24, 2015; last modified August 13, 2017, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/hippolyte-bayard/self-portrait-as-drowned-man/.

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