The Nadars, a photographic legend

The Nadars


Paul Legrand as Pierrot

Adrien Tournachon, 1854-1860

Salt-paper print with a protective coating, from a collodion glass negative, 31 x 23.3 cm.
BnF, Prints and Photographs Department, EO-99 (1)-PET FOL
© Bibliothèque nationale de France
On the stages of the so-called "Boulevard of Crime," Paul Legrand was Charles Deburau's great rival in the role of Pierrot. More romantic and sentimental than Deburau, whose slender physique had a matchless elegance, he was equally famous in France and abroad.