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Charles Marville 
Charles Delahaye 
Salted paper print from paper negative 
21.6 x 15.9 cm (8 1/2 x 6 1/4 ins, image) 
Metropolitan Museum of Art 
Purchase, W. Bruce and Delaney H. Lundberg and Christian Keesee Charitable Trust Gifts, 2011, Accession Number: 2011.65 
Curatorial description
In the 1850s Marville made a series of portraits of Charles Delahaye, his assistant and possibly distant cousin. Twenty-four years Marville’s junior, the young Delahaye appears here as a moody, sensuous figure. Although the print is technically imperfect—the right corner suggests an awkward attempt to correct a flaw in the negative—the closely cropped composition creates a striking immediacy that is unusual in photographs of the period. 

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