The Nadars, a photographic legend

The Nadars


Mademoiselle Hamély

Adrien Tournachon, 1854-1855

Salt-paper print from a collodion glass negative, 26.5 x 20.9 cm.
BnF, Prints and Photographs Department, EO-99 (1)-PET FOL
© Bibliothèque nationale de France
In 1853, at the Bonne Nouvelle Theatre, Mademoiselle Hamély launched a career in pantomime and tableaux vivants. She also posed nude for Félix Moulin and Eugène Durieu, who were putting together a catalogue of models for Eugène Delacroix. Adrien Tournachon's portrait shows great sensitivity, with the lace and nosegay adding romance to the model's come-hither gaze.