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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Louis Pierson

Born: Pierre-Louis Pierson 
Joint: MM 
Dates:  1822 - 1913
Born:  France
Active:  France
Best remembered for a series of over 400 portraits he took of The Countess da Castiglione (1837-1899). The Italian Countess da Castiglione was seemingly obsessed by her own beauty and during three periods of her life (1856-1857, 1861-1867 and 1893-1895) she was intensively photographed by Pierson in a wide variety of costumes from the finest Parisian couture houses of Worth and Pingat. Some of the photographs were hand-painted creating fanciful renditions of her as "Ermitage de Passy" [The Hermit of Passy] (1863) or "La Reine d'Etrurie" [The Queen of Etruria] (1863-1867). 
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Paris, France 
[Also in partnership with Mayer Freres in Paris, 50s-60s] Reported to have issued stereoviews but none verified. 
T.K. Treadwell & William C. Darrah (Compiled by), Wolfgang, Sell (Updated by), 11/28/2003, Photographers of the World (Non-USA), (National Stereoscopic Association)
Credit: National Stereoscopic Association with corrections and additions by Alan Griffiths and others.
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Useful printed stuff

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• Naef, Weston 1995 The J. Paul Getty Museum - Handbook of the Photographic Collection (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum) p.59 
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